The country’s active Covid-19 cases have surged to 5,358 with the death toll rising to 416, President Akufo-Addo has revealed.

In his 23rd national address on government’s management of Covid-19 on Sunday, he said, “As of Friday, January 29, 2021, 64 more people have sadly died over the last two weeks bringing the total number of confirmed deaths to 416.

“Our hospitalisation rate is increasing with the number of critically ill and severely ill now 172. Our hospitals have become full, and we have reactivated our isolation centres.”

The President disclosed that “Our average daily rate of infection now stands at 700 compared to 200 two weeks ago. The total number of the active case has more than doubled from a little over 1,900 two weeks ago to 5,358 currently.”

He assured Ghanaians that government is committed to acquiring the needed vaccine for citizens.

President Akufo-Addo was optimistic that the earliest vaccine will be in the country by March.

“Our aim is to vaccinate the entire population, with an initial target of twenty million people.

“Through bilateral and multilateral means, we are hopeful that, by the end of June, a total of 17.6 million vaccine doses would have been procured for the Ghanaian people.

“The Food and Drugs Authority (FDA) will use its established processes for granting emergency-use-authorization for each vaccine in Ghana.

The President added that only vaccines evaluated and authorised by the FDA will be used in Ghana.

“The earliest vaccine would be in the country by March. The Food and Drugs Authority (FDA) will use its established processes for granting emergency use authorization for each vaccine in Ghana.

“As president of the Republic, I assure you that only vaccines that have been evaluated and declared safe for use in Ghana would be administered.