Ghana has confirmed its 7th case of coronavirus, Information Minister Kojo Oppong Nkrumah has announced.
It comes days after four additional cases were confirmed Sunday after the initial two that were recorded last Thursday.
So far, a total number of 143 suspected cases are tested for coronavirus by the Noguchi Memorial Institute for Medical Research (NMIMR) and Kumasi Centre for Collaborative Research (KCCR).
On Monday, two Italians who were set to enter Ghana were stopped from entering the country.
The move is a component of Ghana’s effort to stop the spread of coronavirus within the country.
Europe is currently the epicentre of the coronavirus with newer deaths recorded in Italy.
“There were two Italians who were coming from the epicentre and as soon as we got confirmation of the small print, albeit they were within the air, we had to rearrange the airport to make sure that they’re doing not get off the aircraft which they are returned to their originating destination,” he told journalists Tuesday.
Meanwhile, the US embassy in Ghana has announced it’s suspending routine immigrant and nonimmigrant visa appointments as a part of efforts to stop the spread of coronavirus in Ghana.
The National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases Seattle in the United States has announced the first testing in humans of an experimental vaccine for the new coronavirus began on Monday, the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases announced.
The main goal of this first set of tests is to seek out out if the vaccine is safe. If it is, later studies will determine how well it works.
The trial was “launched in record speed,” Dr Anthony Fauci, the institute’s director, said during a statement.
Such rapid development of a possible vaccine is unprecedented, and it had been possible because researchers were ready to use what they already knew about related coronaviruses that had caused other diseases outbreaks, SARS and MERS.