Ghana has recorded 1,042 positive cases of the coronavirus.
This was disclosed by President Akufo-Addo during his seventh address to the nation on the government’s fight against the coronavirus.
The spike in Ghana’s cases has been linked to the government enhanced contact tracing
Akufo-Addo says that about 86,000 contacts of infected persons have been traced with 68,591 of them already tested for the virus, a feat he attributes to the three-week partial lockdown of Accra and Kumasi.
We have, till date, traced some eighty-six thousand (86,000) contacts, out of which we have test results of sixty-eight thousand, five hundred and ninety-one (68,591) contacts. There is, thus, a backlog of some eighteen thousand (18,000) tests whose results are yet to be received… Out of this number, one thousand and forty-two (1,042) persons, i.e. 1.5%, have been confirmed as positive, with sixty seven thousand, five hundred and forty-nine (67,549), i.e. 98.5%, testing negative,” the President disclosed.
Out of Ghana’s 1,042 cases, nine have succumbed to the disease with ninety-nine persons recovering.
“Ninety-nine (99) persons have recovered and have been discharged; and nine hundred and thirty (930) persons, who have been isolated, are responding to treatment either in their homes or in treatment facilities. These nine hundred and thirty (930) persons, after their treatment, will soon undergo the mandatory two (2) tests to determine if they have also recovered from the virus or otherwise,” the President added
Ghana cases were confirmed in ten of its sixteen regions, with Greater Accra having the most cases (882)
The Ashanti and Eastern Regions follow with 62 and 51 cases respectively.
The other regions are Northern (11) Volta (10), Upper East (8), Upper West (8), Central (7), North East (2) and Western (1) regions.
Lockdown of Accra, Kumasi lifted
Meanwhile, the President has lifted the restrictions on movement in parts of the country whilst holding on to the ban on social gatherings.
He says that the lifting of the ban does not mean that the country is out of the pandemic, but rather, a demand for more adherence to safety protocols outlined by health officials.
Story by: Jeffrey Nyabor | universnewsroom.com