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Nine Ghanaian nurses test positive for COVID-19 in Barbados

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Nine out of a total of 95 Ghanaian nurses dispatched to Barbados by the Ministry of Health have tested positive for Coronavirus (COVID-19) in the Caribbean nation.

This was disclosed by the acting Chief Medical Officer of Barbados, Dr Kenneth George on Saturday (August 1, 2020).

He further disclosed that all the nurses who arrived in the country last Thursday (July 30) are in a mandatory 14-day quarantine, although the other 86 tested negative for Coronavirus.

He said: “There were 12 positive cases, but all persons are asymptomatic – that is, they show no symptoms whatsoever.

“Nine of them are from Ghana, from among the nurses who arrived on Thursday. The other 86 tested negative. It should be noted that all of the nurses went into a 14-day quarantine on arrival”.

Ghana’s nursing contingent in the island nation comprises 49 female and 46 male nurses.

They will be deployed to the Queen Elizabeth Hospital, the geriatric hospitals and the polyclinics in Barbados after their quarantine.

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