Ghana COVID-19 Update: Death Toll Reaches 533 As Active Cases Hit 8,216

Ghana’s COVID-19 death toll has risen to 533 following the confirmation of 15 more deaths by the Ghana Health Service (GHS) on Sunday.

Additionally, 101 people are in severe conditions with 33 of them in critical condition.
The latest update by the country’s health management body via its designated COVID-19 portal, said an additional 718 new cases of infections have also been recorded, pushing the active case count to 8,216 from a previous 7,754 as of Saturday, February 13.

The new infections are from tests conducted as at February 10, this year.

The active cases are being managed in treatment sites, isolation centers across the country, while some were under home management, the GHS said.

Meanwhile, 241 new recoveries have been recorded, bringing the total of clinical recoveries and discharge to 67,087.
Ghana has so far recorded a total of 75,836 cases of the virus since it confirmed its first two cases in March 2020.

Out of the total confirmed cases, 27,781 were from the General Surveillance; 46,883 cases from the Enhanced Contact Tracing, while 1,172 have been recorded from international travellers disembarking at the Kotoka International Airport since it was reopened on September 1, 2020, the update stated.

A total of 832,760 tests have also been conducted, of which 256,608 are from routine surveillance, 416,951 from contact tracing, while 159,201 are from international travellers arriving through the Kotoka International Airport.

Currently, all sixteen regions have an active case.

The Greater Accra Region remains the hotspot for the virus in the country accounting for more than 50 per cent (4,103) of active cases and with a cumulative case count of 43,497.

Ashanti Region has 1,576 active cases, while its case count now stands at 13,593 followed by the Western Region with 665 active cases.

Others are: Eastern Region has 296 active cases; Central Region with 341 active case count; Volta Region, 346 active cases; Bono East Region with 129 active cases and Northern Region has active case count of 172 active cases.

The rest are Bono Region- 103 active cases, Upper East Region – 29 active cases, Western North Region – 37 active cases, Ahafo Region- 73 active cases Oti Region- 13 active cases, Upper West Region – 89 active cases. Savannah Region – Two active case, North East Region – 15 active cases.

Also, there are 227 active cases from international travellers via the KIA.

In a related development, Mr Ken Ofori-Atta, the Representative of the President at the Ministry of Finance and Minister-designate for Finance, left for the United States of America on, Sunday, for a special medical review.

A statement issued by the Public Relations unit of the Ministry of Finance said after recovering from Covid-19 last December, Mr. Ofori-Atta has had medical complications, which doctors have advised require further interventions not currently available in Ghana.
He is expected to be away for two weeks.

Mr. Ofori-Atta was scheduled to appear before the Appointments Committee of Parliament on Tuesday, 16th February, 2021.

The statement said the leadership of Parliament was duly notified for a new date to be fixed upon his return.

By:Isaac Clottey

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