Ghana’s neighbour, Burkina Faso, on Monday reported its first two cases of coronavirus (COVID-19), becoming the sixth country in sub-Saharan Africa affected by the fast-spreading virus.
According to Reuters, Burkina Faso’s Health Minister, Claudine Lougue, told reporters that the two patients, a husband and wife, had recently returned to Burkina Faso from a trip to France and were now in isolation.
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Egypt, Algeria, Nigeria, Senegal, Tunisia, South Africa and Cameroon have recorded the deadly infections, albeit single digit cases.
In Ghana, more than 40 suspected COVID-19 cases have been tested but the results have all been negative.
Health Minister, Kwaku Agyeman-Manu, has said the country had strengthened its prevention measures in line with the World Health Organisation (WHO) recommendations for member states to prepare and prevent the further international spread of the outbreak.
He added that Ghana was not relying on a common-sense approach, but on expert advice in all the efforts to prevent the disease from entering Ghana.