3 Ghanaians die of coronavirus in Europe – Foreign Minister discloses

Shirley Ayorkor Botchwey is Foreign Affairs Minister and Regional Integration

Three Ghanaians have lost their lives to the COVID-19 pandemic the Foreign Minister, Shirley Ayorkor Botchwey, has announced.

According to the minister, two of them were confirmed dead in Italy while one passed away in Denmark after being infected with the virus. 

Coronavirus has had a huge burden on the world with global infection toll hitting 200,000 after doubling in less than two weeks. 

China, Italy, Iran, Spain, and Germany have suffered the highest number of infections. 

Meanwhile, Ghana recently recorded its seventh case. The Ghana Health Service has also warned of impending cases. 

The Director of Public Health of the GHS, Dr. Badu Sarkodie, stated that since the pandemic is still raging on and the country does not have a robust health system more cases will be recorded.

“So while the pandemic is not over and generally our health system is not strong, potentially there is a risk we could get more cases,” he told Morning Starr host Francis Abban Wednesday. 

About Coronavirus

Coronaviruses (CoV) are a large family of viruses that cause illness ranging from the common cold to more severe diseases such as Middle East Respiratory Syndrome (MERS-CoV) and Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome (SARS-CoV). 

Coronavirus disease (COVID-19) is a new strain that was discovered in 2019 and has not been previously identified in humans. 

Coronaviruses are zoonotic, meaning they are transmitted between animals and people. Detailed investigations found that SARS-CoV was transmitted from civet cats to humans and MERS-CoV from dromedary camels to humans. Several known coronaviruses are circulating in animals that have not yet infected humans.

Common signs of infection include respiratory symptoms, fever, cough, shortness of breath and breathing difficulties. In more severe cases, infection can cause pneumonia, severe acute respiratory syndrome, kidney failure and even death. 

Standard recommendations to prevent infection spread include regular hand washing, covering mouth and nose when coughing and sneezing, thoroughly cooking meat and eggs. Avoid close contact with anyone showing symptoms of respiratory illness such as coughing and sneezing. 


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