Ghana’s Covid-19 deaths triple in 2021; surpass 1,000

Ghana’s Covid-19 deaths have gone beyond the 1,000 mark as the country battles a third wave of the outbreak of the disease.

By the official case count released by the Disease Surveillance Department of the Ghana Health Service (GHS) on Friday, August 27, a total of 1,001 fatalities have been recorded since the disease hit the country on Thursday, March 12, 2020.

Curiously, the first death was recorded on Saturday, March 21, 2020.

As of the end of the year the disease broke out in the country, 335 deaths had been recorded.

However, between then and now, the numbers appear to have tripled with four more months to go to the end of the year.

Vaccinations have been intensified across the country as more doses of the AstraZeneca vaccines are scheduled to be administered in the Greater Accra Region from Tuesday, August 31 for those who took the first jabs in March.

As per the case count on Friday, 6,905 patients are on admission for the virus.

Sixty-two are in critical conditions while 149 are in severe conditions.

The numbers are expected to increase, nonetheless, as these are for data collated as of Monday, August 23.

The country’s total cumulative cases stand at 117,040 with 109,134 recoveries/discharges.

Measures were put in place to ensure rigorous testing at the Kotoka International Airport after reopen in September, 2020

Since the reopening of the country’s major entry point – Kotoka International Airport (KIA) – 2,602 positive cases have been recorded among international passengers.

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This comes in the wake of growing calls for the land borders to be open as well.

By Emmanuel Kwame Amoh||Ghana