Residents of Tamale in the Northern region are up in arms searching for a lady who escaped while under quarantine after she tested positive for the infectious Covid-19 on Monday.
The Guinean in her 20s, was quarantined at a guesthouse together with seven of her compatriots who have also tested positive.
According to the Regional Minister, Salifu Saeed, the facility she was in was guarded by two policemen and two military men.
“Midnight when the whole place was quite, the lady scaled the wall to an adjoining house,” the minister told Alfred Ocansey on TV3’s News360 on Tuesday.
Asked why the security was not willing to release the identity and other details of the lady to enable the public assist in apprehending her, Mr. Salifu Saeed said the security personnel were “mindful” about releasing certain information about the lady to “avoid mob action”.
He was emphatic that residents, who were furious about the lady’s behaviour, wanted her dead.
“Already people are very angry that the lady wants to kill people so they are bent on lynching her,” the minister said.
Even though the regional security is on high alert looking for her, the minister appealed to anyone hiding her to release her immediately because that person’s “life is in danger” too.
He said the security may have to “deepen the method we are using to ensure that this lady is apprehended”.
The minister threatened to “give all the information” about the lady to the public to facilitate her arrest if they are not successful within the shortest possible time.
The eight Guineans and two Burkinabes who tested positive had traveled from Burkina Faso and Togo through unapproved routes to Ghana, and had been under state mandatory quarantine since Saturday, March 28.
Meanwhile, attempts by the government of Ghana to repatriate them have not been successful. Their countries of origin have refused to take them back to continue their treatment there.
By Isaac Essel | 3news.com | Ghana