Ghana’s confirmed COVID-19 cases hit 24,518 …20,187 recover/discharged, 139 deaths

Ghana’s confirmed cases of the coronavirus (COVID-19) have risen to 24,518 after recording 270 new cases of infections across the country.

The new infections are from cases reported on July 9 this year.

According to the Ghana Health Service (GHS), 20, 187 patients have recovered or been discharged while the death toll has risen to 139 from 135 since the last update.

The GHS said the country’s active case count now stood at 4,192.

The service said 25 patients were in severe conditions with eight in critical condition and four on ventilators.

Out of the total confirmed cases, 9,823 were from general surveillance while 14, 695 were from enhanced contact racing, the GHS indicated. 

A total of 328,383 tests have been conducted so far, and out of this 9, 823 tested positive out of 119,973 tests conducted through routine surveillance  while 14,695   positive cases were recorded out of 208, 410 tests done through contact tracing.

New infections were  recorded in  seven regions  with  Ashanti Region recording the  highest  infections  of 104,  followed  by Greater Accra  with 102  and Ahafo 32.

The other regions are Eastern 20, Oti 5, Bono East 4 and Volta 3.

On the regional breakdown, Greater Accra has 13,404 cases with 10,584 recoveries and discharges, followed by Ashanti with 5,254 out of which 4, 489 patients have recovered and were discharged.

The GHS indicated 2,009 patients have recovered and discharged out of a total of 2,128 cases in the Western Region, while Central Region has 1,110 cases with 835 recovered and discharged.

Meanwhile, the  service has  indicated that  Eastern Region has a total case count of 931 out of which 820  had  recovered  and  discharged while Volta  Region  has a total  of 390  cases with 350  recovered and  discharged patients.

Also the  Upper East Region  has  a total case count of 282 with 275  recoveries and  discharges  while  Bono East has so far recorded 205 cases with 196  recoveries and discharges.

 Northern Region, according to the  service,  has  a total of 186  cases with 162  recoveries while Western North has a total of 173 cases with 140 recoveries and discharges.

Other regions including Oti, Ahafo, Savannah and North East have 120, 98, 51 and nine cases respectively with 102, 11, 48 and seven recoveries and discharges.

Meanwhile in the Upper West Region all 70 cases have either recovered or been discharged.

BY JEMIMA ESINAM KUATSINU

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