Ghana has recorded its first death from a patient infected with the novel coronavirus.
The deceased is the Lebanese male trader who reported to a health facility in Kumasi with a fever and cough.
It is not clear whether his death was a direct result of the virus.
“The information I got from the Director-General of the Ghana Health Service is that that person [the Lebanese man] has died. He died today,” a deputy Health Minister, Alex Abban, confirmed to Citi News.
There have been 13 new cases of the novel coronavirus infection this past week.
At least three of these cases have been suspected to be community spread.
Cases in Africa have surpassed 1,000 with Egypt, South Africa and Algeria being the most affected.
Globally, more than 287,239 people have been infected with the virus worldwide with over 11,921 deaths.
For most people, the coronavirus causes only mild or moderate symptoms, such as fever and cough but severe illness resembling intense pneumonia has been noted in some cases; especially in the elderly and people with pre-existing health conditions.
President Nana Akufo-Addo is already scheduled to address the nation later tonight with the latest updates and measures to deal with the spread of the novel coronavirus in Ghana.