COVID-19: Ghana’s death toll now 691

At least fourteen more persons have died of COVID-19 taking Ghana’s death toll to 691, a Ghana Health Service (GHS) update revealed.

The country’s active cases now stand at 3,673  after 223  new coronavirus cases were confirmed at the laboratories.

As at 11 March 2021, the GHS reports that the country’s total confirmed cases increased to 87, 985 out of which 83, 621  have recovered.

So far, 48  persons are in severe condition while 19  remain critical, according to GHS. Cases detected at the Kotoka International Airport (KIA) are 1,269  with 1,149   recoveries.

Breakdown of regional cases: 

Greater Accra Region – 49,031

Ashanti Region – 15,037

Western Region – 5,495

Eastern Region – 4,003

Central Region – 3,157

Volta Region – 2,179

Northern Region – 1,506

Bono East Region – 1,297

Upper East Region – 1,277

Bono Region – 1,135

Western North Region – 834

Ahafo Region – 679

Upper West Region – 444

Oti Region – 360

North East Region – 185

Savannah Region – 97

Africa’s COVID 19 cases to top four million

Meanwhile, Africa is poised to surpass four million COVID-19 infections since the continent’s first confirmed case in February 2020.

The year-long battle against the virus, which has also claimed over 106, 000 lives, is now receiving a crucial boost with the arrival of vaccines through the COVAX Facility – a multi-partner vaccine procurement platform.

Following a second wave which peaked at much higher numbers than Africa’s first surge, new case numbers declined for five weeks, and then plateaued during the past three weeks at around 70 000 cases per week.

In the last week, there has been a slight uptick in new cases and an upward trend in 12 countries, including in Cote d’Ivoire, Ethiopia and Cameroon.

While deaths reported have dropped by more than 50% over the past 28 days compared with the previous 28 days, the case fatality ratio or the proportion of deaths among confirmed cases is at 3.6% for the past 28 days. This is higher than the global average.

With COVID-19 vaccine deliveries picking up speed, the response to the pandemic is getting a much-awaited boost.

More than 14.6 million vaccine doses have been delivered to 22 African countries since 24 February through COVAX, an effort co-led by the Coalition for Epidemic Preparedness Innovations (CEPI), Gavi, the Vaccine Alliance and the World Health Organization (WHO) in partnership with UNICEF.

Ten countries have started vaccination using COVAX-funded vaccines, while another 10 began with vaccines procured outside the COVAX Facility – either bilaterally or through donations. More than 518 000 doses of COVAX-supplied vaccines have been administered.

Fred Dzakpata

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