Man Who Escaped After Testing Positive For COVID-19 Arrested In Upper West

Suspect in handcuffs

Simon Okafor Chukudi, a 46-year-old Nigerian man who bolted after testing positive for COVID-19, has been arrested by personnel of the Upper West Regional Police Command.

Simon Okafor Chukudi was arrested in a compound house near the Wa Polytechnic.

He has since been handed over to the COVID-19 team led by the Upper West Regional Minister, Dr Hafiz Bin Salih.

The Upper West Regional Police Commander, DCOP Francis Aboagye Nyarko confirmed the arrest.

Seven other people he came into contact with have also been picked up and placed under quarantine at the Upper West regional hospital.

The Nigerian national was kept under surveillance at his residence by officials of the Ghana Health Service awaiting the outcome of his test results for COVID-19 which came out positive last Monday.

He was, however, nowhere to be found when health officials followed up to his residence at Wapaani, a suburb of Wa to transport him to the isolation centre at the Upper West Regional Hospital.

A few weeks ago, a Guinean who had contracted COVID-19 also escaped from a quarantine facility at Tamale in the Northern Region.

He was subsequently arrested in Accra.

Ghana’s coronavirus cases

According to the Ghana Health Service, as of April 14, 2020, a total of 50,719 persons have been tested with 641 being positive for COVID-19 with 83 recoveries and 8 deaths.

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source: CNR

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