10 illegal Guineans arrested in Ghana test positive for Coronavirus
London, March 30, 2020 (AltAfrica)– The Ghana Health Service (GHS) says 10 Guineans who were arrested under the direction of the Regional Security Committee of the Northern Region for illegally trying enter into Ghana from Burkina Faso and Togo have tested positive for Coronavirus.
According to the GHS, they were put under mandatory quarantine in Tamale and were all later confirmed to have tested positive for COVID-19 after tests were carried out.
“They ( the Guineans) travelled through Burkina Faso and Togo to Ghana and were picked up following an intelligence report,” the GHS said on their COVID-19 website.
Ghana recently deported 20 Nigeriens who were arrested by the country’s immigration officers at for entering the country illegally
They include eight females, 11 males and a toddler.
Their deportation was not unconnected with concerns over the deadly Coronavirus pandemic as the virus spread rapidly in the in the West African country
Meanwhile, president Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo has inaugurated the Board of Trustees of the COVID-19 National Trust Fund, at a brief ceremony at Jubilee House, the seat of the nation’s Presidency.
The Board of Trustees, which is chaired by former Chief Justice, Sophia Akuffo, will receive contributions and donations from the public to assist in the welfare of the needy and the vulnerable.
The other members of the Board are Archbishop Justice Ofei Akrofi, Mr. Jude Kofi Bucknor, Gifty Afenyi-Dadzie, Mrs Elsie Addo-Awadzie, Dr. Ernest Ofori-Sarpong, Dr Tanko. Mr. Collins Asare will act as Secretary to the Board.
Inaugurating the Board on Sunday, President Akufo-Addo noted that, since the outbreak of the virus in Ghana, especially during the course of last week, organisations and individuals have made donations, with others wanting to find out how they can also contribute to the cause.
“I felt that the best way was to establish a public trust so that the monies that come do not get intermingled with Government money and all of those problems. A public trust that is to be managed by an independent body of trustees, so that people will see that these monies are being properly accounted for and properly deployed,” he said.
The President added that the work of the Board will complement the efforts being made by the State in catering for the poor and vulnerable, stressing that “whatever money we raise, that is the target”
The Ghana Health Service says Ghana has recorded 152 confirmed cases of coronavirus with the death toll now at 5.