Chinese national tests negative for novel coronavirus, but goes into self-isolation

Thursday 26th March, 2020

Stephen Asante, GNAKumasi, March 26,
GNA – A Chinese national, kept in isolation for five-days at the Kumasi South
Hospital, Atonsu-Agogo, for showing symptoms of the flu-like coronavirus but
tested negative, has been ordered to go into self-quarantine.

The Health Authorities,
say, he should be in self-isolation for a month, during which period, he is
going to be under medical observation.

Dr. Emmanuel
Tenkroang, the Ashanti Regional Health Director, who confirmed this to the
Ghana News Agency (GNA), said the man arrived in the country from China about
three weeks ago.

He later reported to
the hospital with symptoms of COVID-19 and he was admitted.

“Yes it is true the
Kumasi South Hospital, Atonsu-Agogo, was treating a Chinese national suspected
to have contracted the disease, but we can say on authority that he has

He added that the
decision to send him into self-isolation was in accordance with health
protocols as the patient would still have to undergo a mandatory 28 days of
medical observation.

Dr. Tenkorang
assured the public that Regional COVID-19 Response Team was committed to duty,
doing everything with other key stakeholders to contain and stop the spread of
the virus.

COVID-19 pandemic
has sent leaders across the world scrambling, changed the normal routine and
pattern of life, with global infections topping 471,000 and more than 21,000

Ghana’s case count
as of Friday morning is 132 with three deaths.


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