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GHANA : NORWEGIAN EMBASSY SHUTDOWN AFTER STAFF TESTS POSITIVE OF COVID-19





The Norwegian Embassy in Ghana has shut down its office after one of its staff tested positive in covid-19.


On Thursday evening, March 12, 2020, Ghana confirmed two cases of coronavirus causing more fear and panic amongst its citizens.

According to reports, those who tested positive travelled from Norway and Turkey and arrived in Ghana within the last week.

While one of them is a Ghanaian, the other is reported to be a top Norwegian official.

In a Facebook post by the Embassy, it stated that,”We can confirm that one of our colleagues has tested positive for the COVID-19 virus.”

Although the person has been quarantined, the embassy said It was in close dialogue with the Ghana Health Service adding that a routine contact tracing had commenced.

“All staff are also in quarantine, and we are fully committed to assist with containment. The Embassy is closed to the public until further notice, but staff are operating from home,” the Embassy stated.



Background

On Thursday night, the Ghana Health Service in an emergency press conference announced that a Norwegian diplomat in Ghana and a Ghanaian from Turkey are the carriers of the coronavirus recorded in Ghana.

Sources say the Ghanaian came in from Turkey, having gone there for an assignment with an international agency while the Norwegian, appears to have returned to Ghana after helping organise President Akufo-Addo’s recent visit to the European country.

An amount of $100 million has also been committed to contain the outbreak.

Many public institutions have also initiated steps to prevent the virus from spreading.

Death toll passes 5000

More than 5,000 people have died around the world after testing positive for coronavirus, AFP reports.

Iran announced another 85 deaths today, pushing its total number of fatalities to 514 amid 11,364 confirmed cases.

The real number of cases might be even higher, as questions have been raised about authorities’ transparency.

In Italy, the number of people who had died from the virus reached 1,000 on Thursday with some 15,000 cases confirmed.

China has recorded more than 3,000 deaths and over 80,000 people as testing positive for the virus.

More than 64,000 people in the country have now recovered, according to the latest information recorded by Johns Hopkins University.

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