The Ghana Health Service (GHS) has said that, the country’s Coronavirus Disease (COVID-19) cases have reached 23,463, after recording 641 new cases as of July 6.
Providing details of the cases at a press briefing in Accra yesterday in Accra, the Director of the GHS stated that, 9,403 of the cases were confirmed from routine surveillance while 14,060 were detected from enhanced contact tracing.
Meanwhile, the number of recoveries had also reached 18,622, with the number of patients who had died of the disease still at 129 from the last update on Tuesday, Dr Kuma-Aboagye said.
The number of active cases now stood at 4,717 active cases, out of which 26 were severe, with eight patients in critical condition, while six patients had been placed on ventilators, he added.
Dr Kuma-Aboagye also mentioned that, out of the 641 new cases recorded from 52 districts in eight regions, the Greater Accra Region contributed 388, with majority of such cases coming from the Korley Klottey, La Dadekotopon, Accra Metropolis, Ayawaso West, Ledzokuku and Tema, correspondingly.
While 148 of the new cases where reported from 18 districts in the Ashanti Region, with majority coming from the Kumasi Metropolis, the Eastern Region had 52 new cases from seven districts, with Abuakwa North as the main contributor, he said.
Similarly, the Northern Region contributed 23 cases from 3 districts, Central Region, seven cases from three districts, with five cases coming from four districts in the Volta Regions.
Nonetheless, the Upper East, North East, Oti, Western North, Bono, Bono East
Savannah, and the Ahafo regions had recorded no new cases on July 6.
On the issue of work places in the country recording more cases of the COVID-19, Dr Kuma-Aboagye explained that, the workers were either picking the virus from their various organisations into their communities or from their communities to their work places.
He clarified that, this situation was because certain etiquettes on the COVID-19 were not been adhered to by staff, adding that, it could create apathy, enhance the spread of the disease and also reduce productivity.
As a result, the GHS boss has encouraged management of various organisations to engage workers on the safety protocols and provide facilities to ensure their protection.
“Managers should ensure that the things they need for hand washing, social distancing and sanitisers are all available at the work place, and ensure that, there is less contact,” he said.
He further stated that, in any situation of suspected or case, the GHS should be contacted for risk assessment and for the provision of the necessary support.
BY FRANCIS NTOW