Death Toll rises to 533, with 8,216 active cases from COVID-19

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The country’s COVID-19 death toll has risen to 533 following the confirmation of 15 more deaths over the weekend.

101 people are also been reported to be in severe conditions, with 33 of them being very critical.

The latest update from the GHS designated COVID-19 portal disclosed that an additional 718 new cases of infections have also been recorded, pushing the active case count to 8,216 from a previous 7,754 as of Saturday, February 13.

The Ghana Health Service (GHS) has indicated that the new infections are from tests conducted as at February 10, this year and the active cases are currently being managed in treatment and isolation centres across the country while some were under home management.

According to the update, 241 new recoveries have also been recorded, bringing the total of clinical recoveries and discharges to 67,087.

Ghana has so far recorded a total of 75,836 cases of the virus since it confirmed its first two cases in March 2020.
Out of the total confirmed cases, 27,781 were from the General Surveillance; 46,883 cases from Enhanced Contact Tracing while 1,172 have been recorded from international travellers disembarking at the Kotoka International Airport since it was reopened on September 1, 2020, the update stated.

A total of 832,760 tests have also been conducted, of which 256,608 are from routine surveillance, 416,951 from contact tracing while 159,201 are from international travellers arriving through the Kotoka International Airport.

15 new deaths recorded as Ghana’s active cases hit 6,411.

The positivity rate is 9.1 per cent and currently, all 16 regions have an active case. The Greater Accra Region remains the hotspot for the virus in the country, accounting for more than 50 per cent (4,103) of active cases and with a cumulative case count of 43,497.

Ashanti Region has 1,576 active cases while its case count now stands at 13,593, followed by the Western Region with 665 active cases and cumulative cases of 4,442.

The others are Eastern Region with 296 active cases, cumulative cases is 3,252; Central with 341 active case count, total cases now 2,550; Volta, 346 active cases, total cases stands at 1,323; Bono East with 129 active cases and 951 case count; and Northern has active case count of 172 active cases and cumulative cases of 827.

The rest are Bono Region – 103 active cases, 767 cumulative cases; Upper East– 29 active cases, 755 case tally; Western North – 37 active cases, 747 cumulative cases; Ahafo – 73 active cases and 624 cumulative cases; Oti – 13 active cases and 257 cumulative cases; Upper West Region – 89 active cases and 257 cumulative cases; Savannah – two active cases and 68 cumulative cases; and North East – 15 active cases, 42 cumulative cases. 227 active cases and 1,172 cumulative cases have been recorded from international travellers coming through the Kotoka International Airport (KIA).

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