Increasing deaths from COVID-19

The Ghana Health Service has announced that five more patients have died from the COVID-19 disease, bringing the country’s death toll to 372 as of Monday. 

The country has also witnessed an additional 327 new active cases over the past 24 hours, raising the active case count to 3,613 from a previous 3,286. 

This followed the confirmation of 646 new cases of infections across the country.

The new infections are results from tests conducted as at January 22, 2021. 

So far, a total of 58,150 persons have clinically recovered from the disease and have been discharged. 

Seventy-nine of the active cases, it said, were in severe conditions, with 29 in critical condition. The active cases, the update said, were being managed in treatment sites, isolation centers across the country, while some were under home management. 

Ghana has so far recorded 62,135 cases of the disease since it confirmed its first two cases in March 2020. 

Out of the total confirmed cases, 24,117 were from the General Surveillance; 36,949 cases from the Enhanced Contact Tracing, while 1,069 have been recorded from international travellers, disembarking at the Kotoka International Airport since it was reopened on September 1, 2020, the update stated. 

So far, a total of 745,095 tests have been conducted.

Out of this, 232,605 are from routine surveillance, 369,618 from contact tracing, and 142,872 from international travellers arriving through the Kotoka International Airport. 

The positivity rate is 8.3 per cent. 

The Greater Accra and the Ashanti Regions continue to be the epicentre of the pandemic in the country with cumulative cases of 35,746 and 11,775 respectively. 

The rest are: 

Western Region- 3,367 

Eastern Region – 2,725 

Central Region- 2,215 

Volta Region – 860 

Bono East Region – 802 

Western North Region – 695 

Bono Region- 645 

Northern Region – 625 

Upper East Region – 577 

Ahafo Region- 539 

Oti Region- 246 

Upper West Region – 161 

Savannah Region – 63 

North East Region -25