A total of 25 Ghanaians under mandatory quarantine have tested positive for the deadly coronavirus, bringing the country’s tally to 52.
It is the highest ever to be recorded in a day in the country since the first two cases were confirmed on March 12.
They were part of 1,030 Ghanaians who have mandatorily been quarantined at different locations in Accra by the government since arriving in the country from midnight of Sunday, March 22.
Health personnel have so far managed to take samples from 611 of the total number of people quarantined of which results for 185 have been processed and released.
“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 tested positive in our country at the moment,” Health Minister Kwaku Agyemang-Manu told journalists Tuesday.
Results of 426 people are outstanding.
Mr Agyemang-Manu said those who tested positive have been handed to the case management teams and are being sent to isolation centres for treatment otherwise known as case management, noting they have deployed psychologists to have a chat with them.
“We have adequate room in Accra, various centres to take care of those who tested positive,” he stated.
However, he said, government will identify more areas outside Accra to be used.
We’ll keep quarantining those who tested negative
For those who tested negative and not found to be ill, he said government has upon expert advice resolved to keep quarantining such persons until 14 days when symptoms of infected persons usually show.
Meanwhile, the Minister said contract tracing was being taken serious for which reason they have deployed in Accra, a team of 98 personnel including epidemiologists and community health professionals and 50 others deployed in Kumasi