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Ghana records two suspected cases of Coronavirus

Officials of the Ghana Health Service(GHS) say a Chinese and an Argentine with symptoms similar to those of the deadly Coronavirus have been quarantined at the national referral hospital in the capital, Accra.

This was after the two visited the Korle Bu Teaching Hospital for medical care.

The Director of Public Health of the Ghana Health Service, Dr. Badu Sarkodie has told Starr News that the two foreign nationals had been in Ghana from China between September 2019 and January 2020.

He disclosed that the samples have been taken from the two nationals for testing at the Noguchi Memorial Institute for Medical Research at Legon.

Dr. Badu Sarkodie added that the report of the test is expected by the close of Thursday.

This is the first suspected case in Ghana and the fourth in Africa.

The Ministry of Health (MoH) has designated the Ridge Hospital (Greater Accra Regional Hospital) and Tema General Hospital as initial case management centres in Accra to deal with the Corona Virus Infection.

Health Minister, Kwaku Agyemang Manu told the media that a total of GHc2.5million ($455,000) has been committed to the fight.

The disease was confirmed in the Chinese city of Wuhan on January 7, 2020. Cases have since been confirmed in other Asian countries, Europe and the United States.

The new coronavirus, labelled 2019-nCoV and thought to have originated in a seafood market in Wuhan, is part of a family of viruses that include the common cold and the Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome (SARS), which also originated in China in 2002.

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