COVID-19: Ghana’s confirmed cases shoot up to 204

COVID-19: Ghana’s confirmed cases shoot up to 204

Ghana’s number of cases continues to shoot up as nine (9) new cases of COVID-19 have been confirmed, increasing the country’s total case count to 204 today, April 2, 2020, by the Ghana Health Service (GHS)

The nine new cases were confirmed in the Greater Accra Region.

The breakdown

Out of the nine new cases, four had no travel history nor come into contact with any of the previously confirmed COVID-19 patients.

This means that these cases were within the country’s sphere, a development raising major concerns of a possible spark of a community transfer.

According to a statement by the GHS;

“Four (4) of them have no history of travel nor contact with any confirmed case. The other four (4) have no travel history but are contacts of confirmed cases in Ghana, and one travelled to Ghana from Benin within the past 14 days.”

Deaths & Recoveries

Currently, the number of deaths remains five with three persons who have fully recovered.

Critical condition

Again, from the Ghana Health Service, two patients who have been enlisted on the critical condition list.

The Regional breakdown

Five out of a total of 16 regions have so far recorded confirmed cases of COVID-19 in the country.

The regions are Greater Accra, Northern Region, Ashanti Region, Upper West and Eastern Region.

  • Greater Accra Region – 183
  • Northern Region – 10
  • Ashanti Region – 9
  • Upper West Region – 1
  • Eastern Region – 1

How many tests have been conducted so far?

As of Wednesday, 1st April 2020, a total of 4,560 coronavirus tests had been conducted in the country.

According to the Director of Public Health at the Ghana Health Service, Dr Badu Sarkodie in his address said 4,225 tests were done at the Noguchi Memorial Institute for Medical Research in Accra.

The remaining 335 tests were done in the Kumasi Centre for Collaborative Research in Tropical Medicine (KCCR) in the Ashanti Region.

Government’s plans

Meanwhile, the government has declared a two-week partial lockdown in Accra, Tema, Kasoa and Kumasi to manage the spread of the virus.

Additionally, plans have been made to provide for the poor, needy and vulnerable in society as a means of preventing unnecessary movements in the country.