The Covid-19 cases in the Eastern Region have risen sharply from one as more than a dozen new cases have been recorded.

Manya Krobo Municipal Health Director, Bismark Sarkodie told one of our correspondents in the Eastern Region that 20 new cases had been confirmed. More results were expected from the Noguchi Memorial Institute for Medical Research, he said.

However, the deputy Eastern Regional Director of the Ghana Health Service, Dr. Antobre Boateng told another one of our correspondents that 15 cases had been confirmed.

Whatever the numbers may be, the new cases are confirmed results from among 244 persons who were quarantined at the Afcon Construction Company in the Lower Manya Krobo Municipality where an Indian expatriate working on the Akosombo to Tema railway project tested positive for the virus in March.

Out of this, 19 had contact with the Indian expatriate.

The Eastern Regional Health Directorate on April 9, 2020, announced that it had submitted a total of 373 samples of suspected coronavirus cases in the region to the Noguchi Memorial Institute, awaiting results.

Out of the number, 244 samples were taken from contacts connected to the Indian expatriate.

It is not yet known if the new confirmed cases from the Eastern Region are part of the 65 new cases announced by the government, sending the national tally to 378.

The Ghana Health Service has yet to confirm the new cases announced by President Akufo-Addo during his sixth address to the nation on government’s measures to control the spread of Covid-19, the respiratory disease caused by coronavirus.