20 people working on the Akosombo-Tema railway project have tested positive for deadly coronavirus according to the Eastern Regional Health Directorate.
These 20 people were infected with the virus by an Indian expatriate “working with the construction firm, Afcon Construction Company, in the Lower Manya Krobo Municipality of the region”.
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“A total of 257 people have been identified through contact tracing of which 244 are those who had contact with the Indian who tested positive for the virus on March 31.
The Indian expatriate was said to be part of a group of construction workers who arrived in the country before the country’s airports and ports were closed.
“There is still no report infection outside the camp,” the Eastern Regional Health Directorate said in its situational report Thursday.
According to the directorate, more results of samples submitted to the Noguchi Memorial Institute for Medical Research in Accra are expected, which will likely shoot up the numbers for the region.
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Eastern Region has now become the third region with the highest number of confirmed cases after Greater Accra and the Ashanti Regions.
As at April 9, Ghana had recorded a total of 278 cases of the coronavirus almost a month after the first two cases were confirmed in the country. Number of deaths stand at six while three persons have so far recovered.
According to the Eastern Regional Health Directorate, “all other contacts identified in the region are in stable condition and being monitored”.
It said all the persons with confirmed cases are in isolation treatment centres in the region”.