Eight (8) out of sixteen (16) regions have recorded coronavirus cases after the national case count hit 408.
This means the country has confirmed 30 new cases after President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo announced on Thursday that the case count stands at 378.
“Of the 408 confirmed COVID-19 cases, 205 were reported from the routine surveillance, 88 from enhanced surveillance activities and 115 from travellers under mandatory quarantine in both Accra and Tamale,” the Ghana Health Service (GHS) reported a while ago.
The death toll has also increased from six (6) to eight (8).
“Over the past twelve (12) days (since the introduction of the enhanced surveillance), a number of measures have been introduced to control and prevent further spread of COVID-19 in Ghana. Among these include restrictive movement in the hotspots of the outbreak, intensive contact tracing and laboratory testing, social distancing, and intensive public education. These measures have resulted in a sudden increase in case detection, with high number of cases being reported,” said GHS.
“As of 10 April 2020, 23:00 HRS, a total of 27,346 persons have been tested with 408 being positive for COVID-19. The breakdown of the 408 positive cases are as follows: four (4) have been treated, discharged and have tested negative, 394 cases have been categorised as mild disease on treatment, two (2) moderate to severe cases, none currently on ventilators and eight (8) have died,” it added.
Lockdown extended, borders remain closed
In his 6th televised addressed about the country’s fight against the pandemic, President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo extended the restrictions on movements in Greater Accra, Greater Kumasi, Tema and Kasoa by one more week from Monday, April 13, 2020.
The lockdown has been implemented in parts of the country where significant numbers of virus infections have been recorded in order to limit and stop the importation of the virus; contain its spread; provide adequate care for the sick; limit the impact of the virus on social and economic life; and inspire the expansion of our domestic capability and deepen our self-reliance.
The president while urging Ghanaians to be patient and adhere to the protocols said, although efforts have been successful, the country was not yet out of the woods.
“Clearly, until we have the situation fully under control, we cannot, at this time, open our borders. They will have to remain shut until further notice…” he said.
“The decision has been taken, through the issuance of an Executive Instrument, to extend the restrictions on movement in the Greater Accra Metropolitan Area and Kasoa and the Greater Kumasi Metropolitan Area and its contiguous districts by one more week, beginning 1am on Monday, 13th April, subject to review,” he added.