COVID-19: Ghana’s recovery rate 98.5 percent

Active cases of the Coronavirus disease in Ghana is now 398 as of Friday, October 16, 2020, President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo has said.

A total of 46,664 persons have also fully recovered from the virus, putting Ghana’s recovery rate at 98.5 percent.

Thirteen more deaths have occurred, bringing the total number of deaths, tragically to 310 out of a total number of 510,074 persons tested.

The rate of death, 0.5 percent continues to remain low.

These were some of the highlights of President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo’s national address Sunday night [October 18, 2020] on measures being taken against the spread of the coronavirus disease in Ghana.

“Our daily infection rates are no longer in the hundreds as they were sometime back. Presently they are in the tens, averaging 25 new cases per day, in the course of last week. This is in sharp contrast with what is happening in the countries that are experiencing a second wave of infections, where in some instances new infections and hospitalizations are sadly in the thousands per day.” 

Inspite of the successes, President Akufo-Addo reiterated that the virus remains something of a mystery, and “we should always rather err on the side of caution and continue to observe the protocols that have brought us to where we are.” 

Following the provision of testing facilities, which ensure the speed and accuracy of COVID-19 testing, Kotoka International Airport (KIA) was reopened on September 1, 2020.

Six weeks since the reopening, a total of 30,564 passengers have been tested, from which 92 have tested positive.

President Akufo-Addo said all 92 from the KIA testing are asymptomatic cases, whose status, but for the test, would have not been detected, and would have spread the disease amongst the rest of the population.

He said across Ghana, the government has expanded COVID-19 testing facilities from the initial two to 16, which include those of private sector providers. Additionally some hospitals across the country have been equipped with the capacity to test for COVID-19.

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