Ghana has recorded a total of 4,700 cases of Coronavirus (COVID-19) with 494 people recovering from the virus, President Akufo Addo has announced.
According to him, a total of 5,253 tests were conducted on Friday with 251 positives, on Saturday 2,255 were conducted on Saturday with 266 found to be positive. On Sunday, 3,045 tests have been done with 160 testings positive.
President Akufo Addo in his 9th Address to the nation on the fight against COVID-19 on Sunday, May 10, 2020, noted that these relatively low daily numbers of infections are welcomed and reinforces the fact that the measures instituted to help reduce person to person contact and help defeat the pandemic are working.
“So as at today 10th May, the country has conducted a total of 160,501 tests with our total number of infections standing at 4,700 with 494 recoveries, 5 persons being critically ill and 4, 179 persons responding to treatment. 22 persons virtually all of them with underlining illnesses such as hypertension, diabetes and chronic liver disease have unhappily died.
“We must understand that the more people we test for the virus the more persons we’ll discover as positive. And thus have the opportunity to isolate and treat them, if we don’t test people for the virus, we’ll not find the persons who are positive let alone isolate them from the population and treat them and prevent them from spreading the virus, President Akufo Addo stated.
He added that had Ghana not been proactive in undertaking an enhanced contact tracing of infected persons and relied solely on testing persons who had reported to the hospital which is the practice followed by some other countries-ie routine testing, our total case count would have stood at 1,413. The other 3, 232 ie two-third of the population of positives would have been undetected and would have been within the population unknowingly and infecting others.
By: Kwadwo Anim