Ghana quarantines two suspected coronavirus cases

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Favour Nunoo

Health officials in Ghana are investigating two suspected cases of coronavirus in the capital, Accra.

They involve two men, from China and Argentina, who live together, but travelled on different dates from China.

They went to the emergency unit of Korle Bu Teaching Hospital on Wednesday after being turned away from an unnamed privately owned clinic. They complained of malaise, muscle pains and flu symptoms.

Officials say the Argentinian man arrived in Accra from China’s Shanghai city last month, while the Chinese national arrived in the country around September 2019.

The Secretary of the Ghana Medical Association in Accra, William Baah, said both patients had been quarantined as their blood samples are being analysed.

“They’ve all developed some symptoms that fits the case definition but it doesn’t mean they have [coronavirus] though,” Dr Baah said.

Health officials say further samples will be taken on Thursday for testing at Ghana’s Noguchi Memorial Institute for Medical Research.