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Samples of 78 persons who came into contact with a 27-year old
Togolese man, who is the first person to test positive of COVID-19 in
the Bono Region, have been sent to the Kumasi Centre for Collaborative
Research (KCCR) for testing.

They include immigration officials, police personnel and court
officials who have been identified and listed as those who have had
contacts with the Togolese national who entered the country through
Sampa in the Jaman North District.

Arrest

The 27-year old Togolese and nine others were arrested by officials
of the Ghana Immigration Service on April 28, 2020 for illegally
entering the country, arraigned before a court in Berekum and
quarantined afterwards for testing.

Test results received on May 6, 2020 from the KCCR showed that only
the 27-year old Togolese out of the 10 tested positive of the
coronavirus disease, thus making the Bono Region the 13th region to
contract the disease.

Earlier reports indicated that the Togolese had for some time now
been assisting other nationals to enter Ghana through unapproved routes
until his apprehension on April 28, this year.

Media briefing

Addressing the media in Sunyani today (Friday, May 8, 2020), the Bono
Regional Director of Health, Dr Kofi Issah explained that 61 out of the
78 contacts were recorded at Sampa while the remaining 17 contacts were
recorded at Berekum.

He explained that all the 78 contacts had been quarantined while awaiting for their results.

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