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Walk-in tests for Covid-19 at public laboratories NOT FREE except in referral situations – Dr. Kuma-Aboagye

Thirteen more COVID-19 deaths have been recorded in the country, according to the Ghana Health Service.

Director General of the Service, Dr. Patrick Kumah Aboagye who disclosed this at the regular media update said the death toll now from Covid now stands at 390 while active cases have also gone by 625. At the moment active case count at 3,940 and the increasing numbers, the Health Service DG stated was due to the continuous breach of the safety protocols.

“The total number of active positives we have ever recorded is about 63,883. We have tested about 757,000 plus people with a cumulative positivity of 8.4 percent and our current active cases is roughly about 3,940. We have recorded 390 deaths so far, and you can see that there has been rapid escalation in the last few weeks on the number of deaths.”

He further stated that all 16 regions in the country have registered coronavirus cases with the Greater Accra, Ashanti, Western, Eastern, and Central Regions leading with the highest rate of infections.

The Ghana Health Service has meanwhile clarified that the covid-19 testing is only free for “referrals” by the health facilities and not walk-in services contrary to the earlier statement.

Dr. Kuma-Aboagye explaining this said “it’s not a mass testing and will not just walk to the place and expect to be tested without referral.”

This means public health laboratories will charge for all walk-in covid 19 tests services without referral from health facilities. On average testing for covid-19 ranges between 450 to 550 Ghana Cedis.

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