Coronavirus: Defense Minister allegedly ‘quarantined’ after official trip to South Korea

Wed, 4 Mar 2020 Source: My News GH

Ghana’s Minister of Defense, Dominic Aduna Bingab Nitiwul has allegedly been quarantined for fourteen days after an official visit to South Korea, MyNewsGh.com has confirmed.

Even though the Minister has not shown any signs and symptoms of the deadly coronavirus, it is gathered that the move is a precautionary measure to ensure that he did not contract the virus while in that country that has also been hit by the disease.

As a result, the Member of Parliament(MP) for the Bimbilla constituency in the Northern Region would not be able to attend today’s vetting of parliamentary aspirants in the Northern Region as was earlier arranged.

“He returned from an official trip to South Korea some days ago and as a precautionary measure, we have decided that he should not come in person for the vetting. We will use another means to vet him. You know South Korea is one of the area that has been hit by the novel Coronavirus”, an official of the vetting committee confirmed to MyNewsGh.com.

Asked if the Minister was quarantined in a health facility or his home, he declined further comment except to say he would be out of the public space for 14 days.

In the space of a couple of weeks, South Korea has gone from dealing with a few cases of coronavirus to thousands and now finds itself in the throes of an outbreak that has become the largest outside China according to reports from aljazeera.com

At least 29 people have died in the outbreak and more than 4,800 people formally diagnosed with the virus as of March 3.

“The situation here was not really serious until mid-February. It began to get very serious starting with patient 31,” said Hwang Seung-sik, a spatio-temporal epidemiologist at Seoul National University.

Source: My News GH
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