Ghana says 1 coronavirus-infected patient recently traveled from Turkey: report

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Ghana’s information minister has announced that a Ghanaian citizen who tested positive for COVID-19, caused by the new coronavirus, had traveled home from Turkey, the Ghanaweb news website reported on Friday.

Kojo Oppong Nkrumah confirmed that two men contracted the novel virus, one of them a Norwegian citizen who recently arrived from Norway.

He confirmed that the two started showing symptoms on Thursday and reported to a health facility.

The minister also indicated in an interview on the Accra-based Peace FM Friday morning that the affected persons have been in Ghana for at least a week.

Ghana confirmed the two cases of COVID-19 on March 12, 2020, the first cases to be reported in the country.

According to Health Minister Kwaku Agyemang Manu, the two cases were confirmed at the same time by the Noguchi Memorial Institute for Medical Research.

The ministry, however, noted that both patients are currently in isolation and are in stable condition. The two men traveled to Ghana from Norway and Turkey, making them imported cases of COVID-19, the statement said.

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