Ghana records 6th Covid-19 death

One more Covid-19 patient has succumbed to the disease, the Ghana Health Service has said.

This brings the total number of deaths to six, an update on the Service’s dedicated Covid-19 page indicated.

No further details were provided on the new death but the Service has indicated that all five previous patients who were lost to the disease had underlining medical conditions.

As of Wednesday, April 8, 2020, Ghana’s confirmed Covid-19 cases went up by 26 to 313 from 287.

A regional breakdown of the cases shows Greater Accra with the highest with 274, Ashanti 25, Northern 10, Upper West 1, Eastern 1 and Upper East 1.

In the latest report, the Central Region has recorded its very first case.

According to the Service the increase in cases are as a result of enhanced contract tracing and testing which is ongoing in Ghana.

So far, a total of 11,016 samples from contacts have been processed and 37 (0.34%) have been confirmed positive for COVID-19.

“A total of 161 cases were reported from the routine surveillance, 37 from enhanced surveillance activities and those from travellers under mandatory quarantine in both Accra and Tamale are 115. The period for mandatory quarantine for travellers who arrived 21-22 March 2020 has ended.

“In all, a total 1,030 travellers were quarantined during the period. Out of these, 79 (7.7%) were positive during the initial testing whilst 951 were negative.

“Twenty-six among those that were initially negative were found to have converted to be positive at the exit screening, bringing to a total of 105 which constitutes 10.2% among the travellers that were quarantined,” the Service stated.