Ghana records second coronavirus death; 3 new cases

    Ghana’s total case count for COVID-19 has jumped to 287 after the country recorded 73 more cases, the Ghana Health Service has announced.

    A second person has died from the coronavirus in Ghana.

    The Ghana Health Service has yet to give details about the deceased but said three new cases have been recorded, bringing Ghana’s total number to 27.

    In an update on its website, the Service said a total of 521 suspected cases have been tested for COVID-19 by the Noguchi Memorial Institute for Medical Research (NMIMR) and the Kumasi Centre for Collaborative Research (KCCR).

    All the remaining 25 confirmed cases are receiving treatment in isolation, the Service added.

    Among the confirmed cases, 20 are of Ghanaian nationality, the majority of whom returned to the country from affected countries.

    Seven are of other nationalities – Norway, Lebanon, China, France and UK.

    In respect of contact tracing, the Service said a total of 598 contacts have been identified and are being tracked.

    One of the contacts developed symptoms and have been confirmed positive following tests while 19 have completed the 14 days of mandatory follow up.