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COVID-19: Five more die, 29 others in critical condition

Five more people have died from COVID-19 in Ghana.

This has pushed the country’s death toll to 577.

The Ghana Health Service(GHS) has announced.

The latest update from the GHS on Sunday also disclosed that 113 people were currently in severe conditions, while 29 others were in critical condition.

Additionally, the country’s active cases have surged again to 6,658 after a slight decline witnessed over the past few days, which brought the active cases to 6,567 as of Saturday, February 20, 2021.

This follows the confirmation of 598 new cases of infections across the country.

These cases were from tests conducted as at February 18, this year.

However, 502 people have also recovered since the last update, bringing the total of clinical recoveries and discharges to 73,018.

The active cases are being managed in treatment sites, isolation centers across the country, while some are under home management, the GHS said.

Ghana has so far recorded a total of 80,253 cases of the virus since it confirmed its first two cases in March 2020.

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Out of the total confirmed cases, 28,829 were from the General Surveillance; 50,221 cases from the Enhanced Contact Tracing, while 1,203 have been recorded from international travellers disembarking at the Kotoka International Airport since it was re-opened on September 1, 2020, the update stated.

So far, a total of 868,173 tests have been conducted, of which 266,157 are from routine surveillance, 436,556 from contact tracing, while 165,460 are from international travellers arriving through the Kotoka International Airport.

The positivity rate is 9.2 percent.

Currently, all sixteen regions have an active case.

—GNA