Cases of the novel coronavirus in Ghana have hit 52 while the death toll still stands at 2.
The Minister for health, Kweku Agyemang Manu, confirmed this during a press briefing at the Ministry today.
A total of 598 suspected patients, according to Dr. Badu Sarkodie, the Director of Public Health of the Ghana Health Service (GHS) were tested for COVID-19 by Noguchi Memorial Institute for Medical Research (NMIMR) and Kumasi Centre for Collaborative Research (KCCR).
The Minister of Health, Kweku Agyeman-Manu who made the announcement on Tuesday, March 24, 2020, said other persons in mandatory quarantine are yet to be tested.
“Out of the 185 test results received, we have 25 of those quarantined tested positive. If we add on to the earlier number of 27, it means we have 52 people testing positive in our country at the moment,” the minister said.
He said the 25 new patients have been handed over to the case management team and are being sent to various isolation centers for treatment.
“We have deployed psychologists to have chats with them. We are also in the process of handing them over to case management teams we have set up and they have started taking them to isolation centers for treatment,” he said.
The Minister added that persons who have already been tested negative but in mandatory quarantine will be kept until the full 14-day period before they are released if they show no symptoms.
611 people tested
611 people out of the 1030 people in self-quarantine have so far been tested for the Coronavirus and only 185 of the number have their results released.
The Ministry is yet to receive the remaining result.
Coronavirus patient dies in Kumasi
Over the weekend, the Lebanese patient among those confirmed to have contracted the novel coronavirus in Ghana died.
The deceased, a 61-year-old man, reported to a health facility in Kumasi with a fever and cough.
His temperature was 39.4 degrees Celcius.
He reportedly had other critical underlying health conditions before his death.
Another patient was reported dead on Monday, March 24.