The Director-General of the Ghana Health Service (GHS) Dr. Patrick Kuma Aboagye says all 16 regions have now reported active cases of covid -19, thereby putting a strain on the few treatment centres across the country.
According to him, more people are contracting the covid-19 unlike the previous one.
Ghana he stated, is currently recording 600 average cases per day, with the critical and severe cases increasing especially in the Greater Accra..
Dr. Kuma-Aboagye at a media briefing to give the latest update on the country’s covid-19 situation cautioned that workplaces should begin reducing congestion of staff and if possible continue working virtually.
Dr. Kuma Aboagye said that “covid is thriving on our very way life thus it is high time we modify and discipline our ourselves to stop the spread of this deadly virus”.
He disclosed 1085 cases have been recorded from the Kotoka International Airport with an increasing positivity rate.
The GHS-DG also said the service is investigating the possibility of the country recording community case of the new variant of the coronavirus.
He however indicated that the sudden rise in the numbers give him reasons to suspect there could be a community spread of the new variant. He assured that the GHS will continue to probe if that is the case and advised Ghanaians to adhere to the protocols.
As at Friday, January 23, confirmed 635 new cases of infections barely 24 hours after it had announced 658 new infections across eight regions on Thursday, January 22, 2021.
The confirmation of 679 new infections in GHS’ latest update, therefore, brings the country’s new cases in the last three updates to 1,972.
The latest infections also bring the country’s active cases to 3,286 from a previous 2,799.
Unfortunately, six more persons have succumbed to the disease since the last update, raising the death toll also to 367 from a previous 361.
Government, according to Information Minister Kojo Oppong Nkrumah may be forced to trigger restrictive measures if the numbers continue to rise. According to him, if the trend does not change, the government will be forced to declare another lockdown.