The Volta Region has witnessed an increase in positive coronavirus case counts from 34 to 41. 

A female health worker stationed at the theatre department of the Ho Teaching Hospital is reported to be among the seven new cases recorded. 

She tested positive for the virus after her sample was sent to the University of Health and Allied Sciences in Ho.

She reported at the Accident and Emergency Department of the Hospital with symptoms of flu and slight sore throat. 

This informed a decision by the HTH administration to temporally shut down the theatre for disinfection. While three other colleagues who work with the infected staff were directed to self-quarantine. 

Reports indicated the infected staff had no contact with a patient who died few days after testing positive for coronavirus, leading to the disinfection of the Accident and Emergency Department and quarantine of some 39 staff who participated in treating the deceased. 

The Public Relations officer of HTH, Amos Jah who confirmed the news indicated the infected staff is “responding to treatment”, adding the theatre would be opened for operations on Tuesday. 

However, there is fear and panic among staffs at the theatre, hence, their plea on management to suspend elective surgeries to help prevent a possible spread of the virus at the facility.

Meanwhile, the Hohoe municipality has recorded three more cases, while Akatsi South District, Ketu South and Kpando Municipalities recorded a case each. 

A case earlier recorded in the Kpando Municipality resulted in a fatality being the second COVID-19 death in the Volta Region. 

However, 28 infected persons have fully recovered and discharged from the isolation centre, pegging active cases at 11.