Ghana confirmed COVID-19 cases reaches 2,719 from backlog of samples

When Ghana first announced confirmed cases of the COVID-19 in the country on March 22, 2020, there were only two confirmed cases. However, by yesterday, May 4, 2020, the number has shot up to 2,719 with 18 deaths and 294 recoveries.

All the cases however, have been determined from a backlog of samples being tested, officials have been saying.

The region with the highest number of cases is the Greater Accra Region which has recorded 2,332. Four regions have not recorded any case yet; they are the Savannah, Bono, Ahafo and Bono East Regions.

Even though the country ordered a partial lockdown to control the spread of the coronavirus in the Greater Accra and Greater Ashanti Regions, it was lifted after three weeks. All the country’s international borders have been closed and wearing of facemasks is being encouraged.

At a press conference Tuesday May 5, Dr. Nsiah Asare, the President’s Advisor on Health, in answering a question said all the current cases reported are from a backlog of samples. He however stated that the labs have cleared all the backlog and they will soon start doing tests on daily basis so as to determine if infections in the country are on the rise or the curve is flattening.

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