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One of the confirmed Coronavirus cases is a Ghanaian – Kojo Oppong Nkrumah reveals

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The Minister of Information, Mr Kojo Oppong Nkrumah has revealed that one of the confirmed Coronavirus cases is a Ghanaian.
He said it is a Ghanaian who works in Turkey and returned to Ghana with the disease.

In other news, the Minister of health, Kwaku Agyemang-Manu, also revealed that the Ministry of Health and other relevant state agencies have begun tracing individuals the two patients have gotten in contact with.

“Both individuals returned to Ghana from Norway and Turkey.

“The patients are currently being kept in isolation and are stable. We have initiated processes for contact tracing,” a statement signed by the Health Minister added.

$100m allocated for coronavirus fight – Nana Addo

In an address to the nation on Wednesday, 11th March 2020, the President Akufo-Addo said he has directed the Minister for Finance, Ken Ofori-Atta, to make available the cedi equivalent of US$100 million to enhance Ghana’s Coronavirus preparedness and response plan.

This amount, according to President Akufo-Addo, “is to fund the expansion of infrastructure, purchase of materials and equipment, and public education”.

He further explained that with the declaration by the World Health Organisation (WHO) of the Coronavirus disease as a pandemic, it is important that Ghana steps up its preparedness to ensure that beyond the initial measures that have been put in place, a ‘whole of Ghana’ approach is adopted in preparation for a possible hit within the country’s borders.

Statistics so far

Over 4,000 people have died globally, with China the source of the virus, and Italy being the most affected. Over 100,000 cases have been recorded in over 120 countries.

In Africa, there have been very few cases, with Egypt leading with 67 cases, followed by Algeria with 24.

South Africa has 13 cases, Morocco six, Tunisia 7, Senegal 4, Burkina Faso 2, Nigeria 2, Togo 1, DR Congo 1, Cameroon 2, and Cote d’Ivoire 1.

Ghana is the latest in Africa to record a case.

Meanwhile there have been only three deaths so far in Africa, with one each recorded in Egypt, Morocco and Algeria respectively.