A sixth person has died from the novel coronavirus in Ghana as 198 new cases of the deadly virus ballooned the country’s count to 834 cases Saturday afternoon.
The new cases, according to the Ghana Health Service, are from the over 12,000 backlog of samples piled up at the various testing centres across the country.
For almost 72 hours, the figures remained 641.
“This does not represent new infections that are occurring. It represents results from tests of a backlog of samples,” the GHS explained in its latest update on the country’s covid-19 situation.
It said the various laboratories have been working around the clock to test this large number of samples, stating “hopefully in the next few days, all the testing would be completed”.
According to the health officials, the results of these backlog of samples when released, does not mean the number of new cases recorded on the day of the report.
Where are the cases being recorded?
Ghana’s has so far tested 60, 916 samples of which 1.37 % tested positive. The cases recorded since March 12 when the first case was confirmed in the country are saturated in 10 of the 16 regions.
Greater Accra region which was the first to confirm cases so far leads in the numbers with 685 followed by Ashanti Region with 59 cases and Eastern with 51 cases.
Northern Regions has 11 cases with the Upper East and West regions having eight cases apiece while the Volta Region has nine confirmed cases.
The Central, Western and North East regions have each recorded a single case.
What are their conditions?
Four persons have been categorised as being critically or moderately ill while a total of 234 are said to be responding to treatment.
Sixteen more of them have recovered, bringing the number of persons cured of the virus to 99.