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3 convicts in Walewale test positive for Covid-19

The West Mamprusi Municipality has added on to the number of Covid-19 cases recorded in Ghana.

Information reaching JoyNews, Thursday, indicates that three persons in the custody of the Walewale Police Command have tested positive for coronavirus.

Walewale Police Commander, Supt Samuel Yeboah who spoke to JoyNews’ Illiasu Tanko confirmed the report of Covid-19 cases recorded under his watch.

This he said: “Three convicts have contracted the Covid-19 pandemic. The team here has been attending to them since yesterday.”

According to Supt Yeboah, the unidentified persons have been isolated from the other inmates.

The West Mamprusi Municipal Director of Health Services, Mumuni Rashid explained that the status of the inmates were realised when they had to be tested for Covid-19 in order to be transferred to the Gambaga prison.

“We sent 11 inmates samples to the Navrongo Research to be tested for Covid-19. The number of convict cases kept increasing and we had to transfer some. The results came and 3 out of the 11 tested positive,” he said.

He noted that the Covid-19 patients are presently receiving treatment at the Nasia police station, while contact tracing and testing are ongoing for other convicts and police officers in Walewale.

Some parts of the cells have been designated as hosting spots for infected persons and contact management.

Meanwhile, two students of the Wa Xavier Minor Seminary have contracted the coronavirus and are receiving treatment at the Upper West regional hospital’s treatment centre.

Also, some 34 students who came into contact with the infected persons have been quarantined.

Ghana has seen a surge in the number of Covid-19 cases recorded for the past three weeks.

As of January 17, Ghana has recorded 2,178 active cases, 391 new cases, 58,822 confirmed cases and 56,286 recoveries/discharge.

A total of 358 deaths have so far been recorded by the Ghana Health Service (GHS).