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Wa records Coronavirus case - Upper West Regional Minister confirms

BY: Emmanuel Modey
 Upper West Regional Minister, Mr Hafiz Bin Salih
Upper West Regional Minister, Mr Hafiz Bin Salih

The Upper West Regional Minister, Hafiz Bin Salih has confirmed that a 42-year-old Ghanaian who visited the United Kingdom and Spain and returned to Ghana through Egypt has tested positive for the Coronavirus disease (COVID-19).

The Minister made the revelation at a press briefing in Wa Friday afternoon, March 27, 2020.

According to Graphic Online's Upper West Regional reporter, Emmanuel Modey, the patient is a male who started showing symptoms about eight days ago joined public transport from Accra to Wa.

Speaking at the press briefing the Upper West Regional Director of Health, Dr Osei Kufour Afreh said the patient started showing signs 8 days ago and a test on Friday came out positive for Coronavirus.

Announcing the case at the media briefing, the Upper West Regional Minister, Hafiz Bin Salih said, the victim was said to have landed in Accra and travelled to Wa on board a public transport where he isolated himself later after reporting himself to the health authorities.

The Minister said, the victim's blood sample was tested at the Kumasi Centre for Collaborative Research (KCCR) in the Ashanti Region and it was found to be positive.

He said, efforts are being made to trace all the people he contacted from Accra to Wa for further action to be taken.

He assured the public that everything will be done to contain the disease from spreading since it was an imported one.

Whilst allaying the fears of the public and urged calm and not panic, the Regional Minister also urged all those who came into contact with the victim to come forward to be tested for their own safety.