The Ghana Health Services has said it has enlisted a total number of 826 contacts, tracking them for coronavirus in the country.

“A total of 826 contacts have been enlisted and being tracked. Nineteen (19) people have completed the 14 days of mandatory follow up.”

This news was made available after the agency confirmed a total number of 68 cases of the novel coronavirus in the country.

The agency has said that the spike was as a result of the mandatory quarantine and compulsory testing for all travelers entering Ghana, as directed by the president.

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Overall, 30 of the 68 cases have been reported in the general population with the remaining 38 cases among persons currently under mandatory quarantine. As of 24 March, total of 1,030 persons are under mandatory quarantine; samples from 863 of them have been tested and 38 confirmed positive.

A great majority of the confirmed cases are Ghanaians, who returned home from affected countries. Seven (7) are of other nationalities namely: Norway, Lebanon, China, and the UK.

In respect of contact tracing, a total of 829 contacts have been identified and are being tracked.