Director-General of the Ghana Health Service (GHS), Dr. Kuma-Aboagye says the country is currently doing an average test of about 400 new cases of Coronavirus daily.
He made this known during the bi-weekly press briefing organized by the Ministry of Information.
Whiles displaying graphical statistics showing an increasing trend in the number of new COVID-19 infections particularly in some districts across four regions over the past one week, Dr. Kuma said these increases were quickly contained by the team of contact tracers, through isolation, testing, and treatment.
He further explained that the graphical decreases expected in the number of new cases recorded would begin to show when optimal compliance regarding the strict adherence to all the preventive and safety protocols was achieved and observed by all.
He explained that there was a challenge with the delay in securing the required logistics for testing, which caused the late release of results from the backlog of samples tested between June 26 and July 3, 2020.
The Greater Accra Region alone recorded the highest of 579 fresh cases from 24 districts, including Ayawaso West, Accra Metro, Ayawaso East, Ayawaso Central, Ledzokuku, La Nkwantanang and Tema among others.
According to Dr Kuma-Aboagye the Ashanti Region recorded 93 new cases from 18 districts, with Western Region also confirming 86 fresh infections from five districts, while the Bono Region also confirmed 49 from six districts.
The rest were: Northern- 26; Central- 25; Eastern- 18; Western North- four; Savannah- four Upper West- three; Oti-two; Bono East-one and Volta-one.
Dr. Kuma-Aboagye reiterated earlier calls to step-up surveillance and checks for the strict adherence of the protocols especially, in areas around the coasts such as the beaches.
He noted that no country would be able to deal with the COVID-19 pandemic without the support of its people, hence, the need for all persons to remain responsible not only for their health care but that of others.
Currently, a total of 1,079 persons have so far recovered had been discharged, bringing the country’s total recoveries to 17,156, but 129 persons have died, while 22 others were still in severe conditions, six more in critical condition and five were currently on ventilators, he said.
By: Naa Ayorkor Laryea