COVID-19 Cases Likely to Decline as Ghana Reaches its Peak- GHS

COVID-19 Cases Likely to Decline as Ghana Reaches its Peak- GHS

The Ghana Health Service (GHS) has said the country’s COVID-19 infections has reached its peak.

The Director of Public Health at the GHS, Dr. Badu-Sarkodie, said this at a press briefing in Accra on Tuesday, May 5, 2020.

According to him, the number of cases will start declining depending on how well citizens abide by the prevention protocols.

He added that officials are keenly monitoring the numbers regarding the case count in the country.

“We realize that with a sharp rise and the cases that we have, we see that as a country we seem to be on top of the peak. We are at the stage to decline. That is the observation now. The declination will depend on how we adhere to the various preventive steps that have been enumerated. We are not out of the woods yet. We are at the peak of the curve, but yet to come down, and we urge Ghanaians to adhere to the preventive measures put in place so that we can see an early decline in infections,” he said.

On Monday, May 5, 2020, the country’s COVID-19 case count increased to 2,719 cases with 294 recoveries while the death rate remains at 18.

Speaking at the same press briefing, the President’s advisor on health, Dr. Anthony Nsiah-Asare, said the low COVID-19 mortality rate in the country is due to what he termed as government’s pragmatic strategies in dealing with the coronavirus scarce.

“Our strategy has been to chase the virus through tracing, testing, isolation, and treatment. Through isolation, we take the positive case out of the system, thereby ending its potential of transmission to other people.”

 

The country has so far tested 130,502 suspected cases with the positivity rate said to be 2.01 percent while the mortality rate has been calculated as 0.66 percent.

The Greater Accra Region is still leading the chart with 2,332 cases, followed by the Ashanti and Eastern Regions with 124 and 94 cases respectively.

Noguchi backlog tests cleared

The Director-General of the Ghana Health Service, Dr. Patrick Kumah Aboagye at the press briefing disclosed that Noguchi Memorial Institute for Medical Research has completed its backlog test of about 18,000 samples.

According to Dr. Kumah Aboagye, the last batch of the backlog was cleared over the weekend and the results are part of the new 550 cases confirmed in the last Ghana Health Service update.

“As of now, we have recorded 2,719 cases across the country. This covers all the cases that were diagnosed since the first case was diagnosed on the 12th of March. Since the last update, we’ve had an increase of about 550 cases and this has come out of the nearly 18,000 tests conducted in the last few days over the weekend, wiping out the entire backlog at Noguchi,” he said.