A 35 year old man has been arrested for storming a registration center of the National Identification Authority and firing warning shots in attempt to halt the exercise.

The incident occurred Thursday March 19,2020 at about 7:40am at Obeyemi a farming community near Oterkpelu in the Yilo Krobo Municipality of the Eastern Region.

The suspect identified as Stephen Tetteh, according to Kasapa News sources had threatened the NIA officials to stop operation since the exercise would endanger the health of applicants in the midst of coronavirus outbreak.

This comes in the wake of the public outcry against the national exercise amidst the coronavirus pandemic.

The National Identification Authority has defied all directives and the potential public health risk vis- à-vis the covid-19 pandemic as it has decided to proceed with the mass Ghana Card registration exercise in the Eastern Region.

Ghana has recorded 5 additional Coronavirus cases on Friday with the confirmed cases shooting to 16.

Reports say the fresh cases were recorded in the Greater Accra region.

The first is a 29-year-old Ghanaian lady resident of Accra with no history of travel. Sample taken from her confirmed positive in the laboratory.

The second is a 34-year-old Ghanaian lady resident of Accra who had contact of a confirmed case at her place of work.

Also, a 53-year-old Ghanaian male, resident of Tema with no history of travel, no evidence of close contact with a confirmed case. Samples confirmed positive in the laboratory.

A 41-year-old Ghanaian male who arrived in Ghana by KLM on the 15 March 2020; indicated exposure with family members in Amsterdam exhibiting respiratory symptoms and also on the flight with some passengers sneezing and coughing.

The fifth person is a 36-year-old Ghanaian male resident of Paris, France; date of arrival in Ghana unconfirmed with no evidence of contact with an infected person.

The country had recorded two cases earlier shooting the number to 11 by close of Thursday.

Two Kumasi Cases

The first was a 59-year-old Ghanaian woman, resident in the United Kingdom who recently returned to Ghana and currently living in Kumasi, reported to a private hospital with the history of fever (temp of 39.1 ℃ ), general malaise, cough and runny nose.

Her condition was suspected to be COVID-19. Her sample was subsequently collected and sent to KCCR and the report was received this early morning as positive for COVID-19.

The second case was a 61-year-old Lebanese male trader and resident in Kumasi. He felt unwell and reported to a health facility with fever (temp 39.4 ℃ ), and cough. The sample tested positive for COVID-19.

All cases, according to health officials are being managed in isolation and responding to treatment.

Source:Ghana/Kasapafmonline.com/Kojo Ansah