March 20, 2020 – 10:00AM: The Ghana Health Service has confirmed Five (5) new coronavirus cases. All five were reported from Greater Accra Region.
Details of the cases are:
— 29-year-old Ghanaian lady; resident of Accra; no history of travel; sample confirmed positive in the laboratory
— 34-year-old Ghanaian lady resident of Accra; contact of a confirmed case at place of work; sample confirmed positive in the laboratory
— 53-year-old Ghanaian male, resident of Tema; no history of travel, no evidence of close contact with confirmed case; sample confirmed positive in the laboratory
— 41-year-old Ghanaian male; arrived in Ghana by KLM on the 15 March 2020; indicated exposure with family members in Amsterdam exhibiting respiratory symptoms and also on the flight with some passengers sneezing and coughing; sample confirmed positive in the laboratory.
— 36-year-old Ghanaian male; resident of Paris, France; date of arrival in Ghana unconfirmed; no evidence of contact with an infected person;
This brings to a total of sixteen (16) confirmed cases in Ghana, with no death.
March 19, 2020 – 03:00PM: The Ghana Health Service reports that it has received notification from KCCR indicating two (2) newly confirmed cases of covid-19 in Kumasi in the Ashanti Region bring the total number of cases in Ghana to 11.
The first is a 59-year-old Ghanaian woman, resident in the United Kingdom who recently returned to Ghana and currently living in Kumasi, reported to a private hospital with the history of fever (temp of 39.1 ℃ ), general malaise, cough and runny nose. Her condition was suspected to be COVID-19. Sample was subsequently collected and sent to KCCR and the report was received this early morning as positive for COVID-19.
The second case is a 61-year-old Lebanese male trader and resident in Kumasi. He felt unwell and reported to a health facility with fever (temp 39.4 ℃ ), and cough. The sample tested positive for COVID-19.
Both case patients are being managed in isolation and responding to treatment.
For more Coronavirus updates in Ghana available on the Ghana Health Service website.
March 19, 2020 – 08:49am: Information Minister Kojo Oppong Nkrumah in a tweet on Thursday morning confirmed that Ghana has recorded two more coronavirus cases. This brings the total number of confirmed cases in Ghana to 9.
Unfortunately we have confirmed two more cases overnight. Ghana’s case count is now at 9. Health services are still managing all suspected and confirmed cases well.
— Kojo Oppong Nkrumah (@konkrumah) March 19, 2020
March 18, 2020 – 2:14pm: Foreign Affairs Minister Ms Shirley Ayorkor Botchway, has disclosed to the press in Parliament that a total of three Ghanaians have died from coronavirus.
She said two died in Italy and the other passed away in Denmark.
March 17, 2020 – 3:20pm: The Disease Surveillance Dept of the Ghana Health Service has confirmed in a tweet that Ghana has recorded its seventh coronavirus case.
This afternoon (17 March 2020); we have received report from NMIMR that indicated one (1) more confirmed case as positive for COVID-19 in Greater Accra Region
Visit https://t.co/8xeNSC4TsL for more details https://t.co/8xeNSC4TsL
— Disease Surveillance Dept_GHS (@DSD_GHS) March 17, 2020
A statement published on the Ghana Health Service website said the patient is a 35-year-old male Ghanaian citizen, who returned to Accra from France within the past 14 days.
“This afternoon (17 March 2020); we have received report from NMIMR that indicated one (1) more confirmed case as positive for COVID-19 in Greater Accra Region. The case patient is a 35-year-old male, a Ghanaian citizen, who returned to Acca from France within the past 14 days. This is another imported case, which brings the total number of confirmed cases to seven (7). The case is being managed in isolation and he is in stable condition,” the statement said.
March 15, 2020 – 1:20pm: The Director of Public Health at Ghana Health Service, Dr Badu Sarkodie, has confirmed at a press conference on Sunday afternoon four more coronavirus cases in Ghana, raising the total number of cases to six.
All the 6 are imported cases as all returned from trips abroad recently.
March 14, 2020 – 10:42am: Joynews reports of a suspected coronavirus patient who returned from a trip abroad this week through Kotoka International Airport. According to the report, the person works with a mining company and flew to Obuasi by helicopter.
It furthers that the said affected person looked sick upon arrival at the airport, and would even not allow anyone to come close.
After reporting himself to a health facility in Kumasi where a series of tests were conducted, results came out positive. This will be the third coronavirus case in Ghana when the Ministry or Health confirms the report.
As it stands, he is reportedly under quarantine receiving treatment and undergoing medical observation.
March 14, 2020 – 10:20am: Section of Ghanaians are raising concerns over the status of President Akufo Addo. Gossips24.com reports that the president could possibly be coronavirus positive as he alledgely exhibited symptoms during the Independence Day celebrations in Ghana. It has not yet been made public if the president has taken the test or not.
04:10pm: The Norwegian Embassy in Ghana has closed its offices after one of its staff tested positive for the Coronavirus – COVID-19.
The Norwegian Embassy in Ghana in a Facebook post confirmed the nationality of the Norwegian saying “We can confirm that one of our colleagues has tested positive for the COVID-19 virus.”
07:41am: Graphic Online quotes Information Minister Kojo Oppong Nkrumah that one of the two confirmed coronavirus cases in Ghana is a Ghanaian. This debunks earlier report by Citi News that both are foreigners.
March 13, 2020: The nationalities of the two confirmed COVID-19 cases in Ghana are Norwegian and Turkish, Citi News reports. According to the report, the Norwegian is a senior official at the Norwegian Embassy in Ghana.
March 12, 2020: Ghana Health Minister Kwaku Agyemang Manu has disclosed in a statement that Ghana has confirmed two cases of coronavirus on Thursday.
The two individuals who came into the country from Norway and Turkey have been kept in isolation centres and processes to contact tracing have been initiated, the statement said.
“Both individuals returned to Ghana from Norway and Turkey. So these are imported cases of COVID -19 Both patients are currently being kept in isolation and are stable. We have initiated processes for contact tracing.
“I wish to assure all Ghanaians that the Government of Ghana together with all Health Partners will continue to work assiduously to ensure the situation is contained. We wish to encourage every Ghanaian to take care of their health and that of their families by adhering to the following precautionary measures”.