Ghanaian officials have confirmed new cases of coronavirus bringing the country’s total number of cases to nineteen.
On Friday and Saturday more than five more cases were confirmed with the worrying signal of local transmission.
That means some of the patients did not have a history of traveling or coming into contact with previous patients.
But majority of the cases are imported though, according to health officials.
Confirmed cases of Covid-19 in Ghana rises to 19 as at 21 March 2020- 09:40GMT pic.twitter.com/lyUG3vqXnp
— Ministry of Information (@moigovgh) March 21, 2020
The country has already banned public gatherings, closed schools and restricted religious services.
Travel bans have also been imposed on visitors but the major challenge now for Ghana like other African countries is having proper infrastructure in place to fight the outbreak should things get worst.
But not all are calm about the surge in numbers, with concerns things could get worst.
What is frightening some Ghanaians is the refusal of the country’s National Identification Authority to halt ongoing registration for national card.
Some worry it could breed more spread of the virus, something that could threaten the country’s health system which is already fragile.
On Social media, Ghanaians have been expressing their thoughts.
As much as I hate to say this, it’s seems we will be recording more cases from today….let’s all keep safe. ??
— MrDumelo (@johndumelo1) March 20, 2020
Confirmation of two cases without travel history means local transmission stage.
That calls for even more vigilance, even more responsibility and better leadership which is why we must end that NIA nonsense.
— Michael Oti Adjei (@OtiAdjei) March 20, 2020
Trying to wrap my Head around all the possible reasons why this registration is going on AT THIS TIME and still arriving at the same conclusion – shitty leadership decisions. #NIAStopNow
— G i o v a n i (@GiovaniCaleb) March 20, 2020
Dear @WHO @IMFNews Ghana just recorded her 16th case with 5 local infections yet @NAkufoAddo is conducting mass registration of Ghanaians for a card that will help him win the elections #NIAStopNow #StoptheSpread pic.twitter.com/ILbY5X9uCy
— Dzifa GUNU (@DzifaGUNU) March 20, 2020