The first person to test positive for the novel coronavirus in the Bono Region is a Togolese national who entered the country illegally, the Regional Minister has revealed.

This forms part of the 372 new cases that brought the country’s tally to 3,091 as announced by the Ghana Health Service May 7, 2020.

The new case detected in the Jaman North District makes Bono Region the 13th region to record a case.

According to the Bono Regional Minister, Evelyn Ama Kumi-Richardson, the 27-year-old was “in the company of 9 others through unapproved routes in the Jaman North district capital, Sampa.

“He was apprehended along with the others during the last week of April 2020, by personnel of the Ghana Immigration Service and has since been placed in quarantine at Sampa.

“The remaining 9 illegal immigrants [who tested negative] have, meanwhile, been handed over to Immigration and National Security officials for substantive action,” the statement signed by Mrs Kumi-Richardson indicated.

The May 7 briefing also indicated contact tracers have been dispatched across the region to “take samples from identified primary contacts of the quarantine.”

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