Confirmed cases of the novel coronavirus in Ghana has nearly doubled within the last 24 hours, bringing the tally to 132 as of Thursday, March 26.
From a low steady rise in the beginning, the country has in the last week begun to record daily spikes in the number of confirmed cases, heightening fears of more confirmed cases as some of the over 1000 Ghanaians currently under mandatory quarantine begin to test positive for the virus.
Within the last 24 hours, 64 new cases have been confirmed, of which the Ghana Health Service say 40 of them are part of those under mandatory quarantine.
Fatalities still stands at three, although there have been speculations of a fourth case within the last 24 hours.
“All the three cases that unfortunately succumbed to the disease were aged and had underlying chronic medical conditions,” officials said on Thursday.
Fifty-one of the cases “are well,” officials said, adding “14 are being managed at home and the rest are responding well to treatment on admission in isolation. They are awaiting their test results and will be discharged when the results are negative”.
Most of the confirmed cases are Ghanaians who authorities say returned into the country from international trips to affected countries.
The number of foreigners who have contracted the disease still remains seven. They are from Norway, Lebanon, China, Netherlands, and the United Kingdom (UK).
“The number of confirmed cases among travelers under mandatory quarantine who have been tested is 78,” the Ghana Health Service indicated.
On contact tracing, it said a total of 970 contacts have been identified and are being tracked.
“Out of these, 204 have completed the 14 days mandatory follow up,” it added.