After one of its staff tested positive for coronavirus the Norwegian Embassy in Ghana has shut down its office to allow others work from home.
Ghana and Gabon reported this first confirmed cases of the virus this Thursday, making them become the ninth and tenth Sub-Saharan African countries to register positive cases.
While Gabon’s case was a 27-year-old Gabonese man who had returned from France on March 8, Ghana’s health ministry said its two cases were people who had returned recently from Norway and Turkey.
The Norwegian Embassy in Ghana has added to the confirmed cases in Ghana, and has quarantined all it staff to stay safe. In a Facebook post that broke the new, the embassy said it is working closely with with Ghana Health Service to better contain the issue.
“The Embassy is closed to the public until further notice, but staff are operating from home. We are thankful for the care and assistance offered by Ghana’s health authorities and WHO Ghana, and also for the compassion showed. We urge everybody to follow the preventive measures issued by the WHO and Ghanaian authorities,” the statement read.
It is no coincidence that the Norwegian Embassy has taken a COVID-19 hit, because Norway is one of the two first sources of the virus for the West African country.
Meanwhile, Ethiopia, and Kenya join Ghana this week in recording their first coronavirus cases as Lagos—Nigeria’s commercial hub—had recorded two cases.
Nevertheless, Ghana has solidified the protocol for inbound traffic from countries affected by the fast-spreading coronavirus (COVID-19) in a bid to prevent the disease from entering the country.
All three of Ghana’s immediate neighbouring countries, which are Togo, Ivory Coast and Burkina Faso, have confirmed cases of the disease. This raises fears as to the disease finding more ways into Ghana.
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