Coronavirus; Berekum suspected case tests negative

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A suspected Coronavirus case [COVID-19] at Berekum in the Bono Region on Wednesday tested negative.

The latest suspected coronavirus case in the country involved a Ghanaian said to have returned from Spain, where about 1,700 cases of the epidemic had been recorded with 37 deaths.

Speaking in a radio interview with Accra-based Citi FM, the Regional Director of the Ghana Health Service, Dr Kofi Issah said the patient reported to the Berekum Community Hospital with symptoms of [Covid-19], however, a series of tests proved he is negative.

“The health staff had been taught to check the boxes to see if somebody fits into the case. He had travelled from Spain three days prior to when he presented with the symptoms.

“So once they checked the boxes and he fitted into the case definition of a suspected virus, they then informed the rapid response team”, he said.

He added that the patient was kept in isolation in his own house for 3 days after the sample was taken.

“So the District Rapid Response Team and the National Rapid Response Team met with the patient, took a sample from him and managed to then get him to a place where they could keep him (his house) where he stayed for three days. The results were taken to Accra and Kumasi and the result proved negative after five hours.”

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