The results of about 10,000 more samples will determine the government’s next line of action in the fight against the outbreak of COVID-19 in the coming week, President Nana Akufo-Addo has disclosed.
According to him, the results of these tests will give us a “clearer picture to enable us to decide on the way forward”.
In an address to the nation on Thursday evening, April 9, 2020, President Akufo-Addo mentioned that the results of the majority of the samples taken so far give a clear indication that the country is better positioned in terms of the number of positive cases and the level of lateral infections.
“Whilst the results are encouraging in suggesting a limited number of positive cases and community spread, we expect to be able to test some ten thousand (10,000) additional samples in the coming week to give us a clearer picture to enable us to take a decision on the way forward,” he remarked.
The breakdown of the samples
Per revelation in the president’s address, it showed that 37,405 samples have been taken, of which 31,933 are in Accra with the remaining 5,472 in Kumasi.
As of Wednesday, April 8, a total of 14,611 contacts of the samples collected have been tested for the virus in Accra and Kumasi.
In Accra, 11,308 contacts were tested and 52, representing 0.46% of them were found to be positive.
Also in Kumasi, 3,303 contacts have been tested and 25, representing 0.76% are cases which tested positive.
In total, 77 positive cases were recorded in Accra and Kumasi, representing 0.53% of the 14,611 tested.
But President Akufo-Addo who commended the government’s measures taken so far again added that more needed to be done despite the few successes taken to minimize the spread of the virus.
“It appears that our common efforts have been modestly successful in containing the virus and minimizing its spread. Undoubtedly, the decisions taken from day one to act quickly and decisively and impose what may have seemed like harsh restrictions have now proven to be effective and have saved a lot of lives. However, this fight is not yet over and we are by no means out of the woods yet,” he advised.
COVID-19 cases in Ghana were 79% imported
Ghana’s cases of the novel Coronavirus currently pegs at 378 as of Thursday, April 9, 2020
The new cases were detected as a result of the ongoing enhanced contact tracing and testing exercise.
Again, President Akufo-Addo disclosed that 79% of Ghana’s COVID-19 cases were imported.