President Nana Akufo-Addo has explained the continuous rise in Covid-19 cases across the country.

Admitting the rise “has given cause for anxiety,” Akufo-Addo said it is as a result of more tests being conducted.

“We have to bear in mind, at all times, that the more people we test for the virus, the more people we are likely to discover as positive, and, thus, have the opportunity to isolate and treat them,” he said.

Speaking during his 11th address to the nation on the government’s handling on the Covid-19 pandemic, Akufo-Addo said, “if we do not test people for the virus, we will not find the persons who are positive, let alone isolate them from the population and treat them, and prevent them from spreading the virus.”

He also elaborated on the total number of cases conducted by health officials.

The president said 254,331 have been conducted which “is one of the highest on the African continent.”

“Furthermore, many countries in the world, including several of the developed economies, are not implementing a policy of enhanced contact tracing, and this makes our data qualitatively different and more effective in the fight against Covid-19.

“Indeed, the success of our tracing, testing and treating will lead, in the end, to a reduction in the number of cases. That is what we are working for,” he said.

As of Sunday evening, 11,964 people have tested positive for the novel coronavirus.

But President Akufo-Addo said the focus should be on the number of active cases which is 7,652.

This was arrived at after subtracting the recovered cases which are 4,258 and fatalities which stand at 54.



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