Ghana has recorded its biggest single-day jump in coronavirus deaths and new infections two weeks after government eased the country’s covid-19 restrictions.
Eight more deaths have been announced Wednesday to bring the total casualties to 66 from the previous 58 cases, while additional 397 new cases have also been confirmed, all within the last 24 hours.
The country’s case count now stands at 12,590 with a significant jump in the number of active cases which is now 8,114.
The number of recoveries has also gone up marginally from the previous 4,326 to 4,410; an increase of 88.
New figures released by the Ghana Health Service Wednesday afternoon showed six of the new deaths were reported in the Ashanti region which has the second highest number of covid-19 cases in the country while the remaining two were from the Greater Accra Region.
Aged between 33 and 69 years, all but two of the deceased had underlying health issues such as diabetes, hypertension, and sickle cell.
The number of covid-19 patients in severe condition however remains at 13 with only four of them requiring critical care.
Greater Accra Region, which has the highest number of coronavirus cases, recorded a chunk of the new cases. The cases in the region shot up by 249 new cases to bring the region’s count from the 7,170 as of Tuesday, to 7,419.
Ashanti added 87 new cases to the previous 2,275 to bring the figure to 2,362.