Seven cases of coronavirus have been confirmed in the Sissala East Municipality of the Upper West region bringing the regions case count from eight to 17 in less than a week.
This includes two males and five females who have tested positive of the deadly virus.
The Municipal Chief Executive for Sissala East, Hon. Karim Nanyua who made the announcement in the Municipal capital Tumu when he convened an emergency meeting with the Public Health Emergency Preparedness Committee.
Mr Nanyua who is the Chairman of the Committee disclosed that through routine surveillance and enhanced testing and contact tracing, seven samples from the municipality confirmed positive of coronavirus.
He mentioned that the municipality is expected to receive additional test samples to be able to ascertain the level of infection in the area.
Checks by Starr News indicates that all the confirmed cases are natives of the municipality who have travelling history from heavily affected Greater Accra, Kumasi and Tamale and are asymptomatic.
The MCE urged residents to remain calm as the Public Health Emergency Preparedness Committee works assiduously to contain the spread of the virus and cautioned them to desist from stigmatizing affected persons and their families.
He entreated the residents of the various communities to continue to practice the safety measures including adhering to social distancing protocols, wearing nose mask and washing hands frequently with soap under running water as well using alcohol-based hand sanitizers.
The Chairman of the Committee appealed to residents across the border communities to report strangers and natives who have travelled back to their communities from areas hardly hit by Covid-19 to the security agencies and the health authorities for intensive medical screening.