The Ghana Health Service has announced that 17 patients being treated for Covid-19, the respiratory disease caused by the coronavirus have recovered.

Director-General of the Service, Dr Patrick Aboagye disclosed this at the Information Ministry’s press briefing on Covid-19 in the country.

He explained that patients are only declared free from the disease after they have recorded two consecutive negative

“Currently we have 83 people in that category. A significant number have tested the first negative but we have 17 who have recorded double negatives and are obviously clinically cured.”

Dr Aboagye also disclosed that out of the 566 confirmed Covid-19 cases in the country, 208 who are all well, asymptomatic, or in mild condition are being treated at home and in isolation centres across the country.

For the 66 patients who have had their first negative test after contracting the disease, the Director-General said they will be tested again and “chances are that they will all test negative again.”

The announcement will bring some relive to Ghanaians who have, in the past weeks been troubled by Ghana’s increasing Covid-19 cases.

Dr Aboagye gave a breakdown of admissions in the various hospitals treating patients with the disease as follows:

Ga East – 53; Tema Centre – 5; UGMC – 23; 37 Military Hospital – 2; Ridge Hospital – 4; Komfo Anokye – 2; Kumasi South – 6; Korle-Bu – 2; Bekwai – 2; Obsuai – 2; Volta Regional Hospital – 7; Eastern (Begoro/Atua) – 32; Wa Regional Hospital – 7; Bolgatanga – 3