The Ashanti Region has confirmed six new cases of Coronavirus (COVID-19) out of 204 sampled.

This brings the region’s total number of cases to 68, three deaths and six recoveries.

According to health officials, persons in areas identified as hotspot will undergo a voluntary test for COVID-19. The move forms part of measures being taken to stop the spread of the virus in the region.

The identified hotspots are Kumasi Metro, Asokwa, Oforikrom, Obuasi and Suame which have huge number of cases.

Addressing the media Tuesday, the Ashanti Regional Director of Health Services, Dr. Emmanuel Tinkorang stated that his outfit is considering testing high-risk groups.

“The frontline workers, taxi drivers, uber drivers, market women and those who are selling in the markets. These are the people who come into contact with a lot of people and then they will also be enrolled into what we call voluntary testing. It is voluntary but they will be tested and then those who are positive will be enrolled and then the routine surveillance will continue. So anybody who is identified as a positive case will be isolated and following the isolation we have what we call mandatory quarantine and self-isolation.

The medical team is going to assess the home environment. If the home environment is not good enough and will promote infection then we will move into what we call mandatory quarantine where we’ve been able to secure facilities for this mandatory quarantine,” Dr. Tinkoranf added.