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Ghana’s total COVID-19 cases hits 87,000

Pooling samples boosts Ghana’s COVID-19 testing
Pooling samples boosts Ghana’s COVID-19 testing

Ghana’s total confirmed COVID-19 cases is close to 87,000 almost a year after the Ghana Health Service (GHS) confirmed the country’s first two cases on March 13, 2020.

The GHS explained the first two cases were imported and advised people to observe good personal hygiene, avoid shaking hands, and practice social distancing.

Following that, Ghanaian President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo on March 15 last year announced measures taken by the government against the pandemic highlighted the country’s confirmed COVID-19 cases and the interventions by the government to contain the spread.

The government subsequently suspended all public gatherings, including conferences, workshops, funerals, festivals, political rallies, sporting events, and religious activities, such as services in churches and mosques for four weeks.

All levels of schools were shut on March 16 while business establishments, such as supermarkets, shopping malls, restaurants, nightclubs, hotels, and drinking spots, were directed to observe enhanced hygiene procedures by providing, amongst others, hand sanitizers, running water, and soap for washing of hands;

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The government issued a travel advisory. It also asked businesses and other workplaces can to continue to operate, but under-prescribed social distancing between patrons and staff.

Due to the surge in cases, the Ghanaian president imposed a lockdown on areas considered “hotspots” for two weeks on March 30th last year. The areas included the Greater Accra Metropolitan Area and surroundings and the Greater Kumasi Metropolitan Area and contiguous districts

The country’s case count after the lockdown remained at a manageable steady pace paving way for easing some of the restrictions in the social and educational sectors.

Ghana’s COVID-19 cases shot up early this year and experts attributed it to the country’s general election on December 7, the Christmas festivities, and a laxity in the observance of the protocols by the public. The government then urged all citizens to continue wearing masks in public and arrested some people who flouted the regulation.

The country’s Food and Drugs Authority has so far approved the AstraZeneca and Sputnik COVID-19 vaccines for mass vaccination.

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Ghana was the first country in the world to receive 600,000 doses of AstraZeneca vaccines from the COVAX facility on February 24.

The country commenced a mass vaccination exercise on March 2 to inoculate 20 million people by the end of October.

According to the GHS, the country’s total confirmed cases as of Thursday stood at 86,737 with 81,299 recoveries and 656 deaths. Enditem

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