Ghana’s novel coronavirus (COVID-19) confirmed cases has shot up by 124 to 1,279 from the 1,154 recorded on Tuesday.
Fourteen more infected persons have recovered from the disease resulting in a total of 134 patients recovering from COVID-19 in the country.
The latest update from the Ghana Health Service further indicated that one more person also died from the disease, increasing Ghana’s death count to 10.
Additionally, two more regions including Oti and Western North regions have now recorded confirmed cases of COVID-19.
Whilst the Western North has recorded one case, Oti has 13 cases.
Meanwhile, the Greater Accra Region remains Ghana’s epicentre with 1,089 positive cases followed by the Ashanti and Eastern Region, which have 69 and 56 respectively.
Northern Rregion has 13, Volta Region, 10; Central Region, nine; Upper East Region, eight; Upper West Region, eight; North East Region, two and Western Region, one.
Four other regions, Savannah, Bono, Bono East and Ahafo, were yet to record cases, according to the Ghana Health Service.
The service attributed the increase in number of cases to the completion of a backlog of laboratory samples which have been picked for testing for COVID-19.
As of yesterday, majority of the country’s cases have come from the enhanced contact tracing exercise which has uncovered 726 infected persons with the virus aside 438 persons detected in general surveillance and 115 who tested positive in mandatory quarantine.
Four infected persons are in critical condition of which one, has been put on a ventilator with the other 1,131 doing well and responding to treatment.
The four, according to the Ghana Health Service, are on admission at the Ga East hospital and the University of Ghana Medical Centre as the case management team of the GHS continues to follow up on those in home care and under self-isolation.
On Tuesday, Director General of the Service, Dr Patrick Kuma-Aboagye, said the Service would investigate allegations regarding concerns about the lack of Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) in some health facilities in the country “because we have distributed PPE to all the hospitals and mobilising more.”
In the ECOWAS sub-region, a cumulative number of 6,083 cases consisting 4,232 active cases, 1,793 recoveries and 158 deaths have been recorded as at yesterday.
More than 190,000 people have died due to the pandemic, with 2.7 million infected globally, out of whom almost 750,000 have recovered.
BY CLAUDE NYARKO ADAMS