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COVID-19: In Ghana, recoveries overshoot 20,000 out of 24,518 cases

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GHANA government says it has made remarkable success in the fight against spread of coronavirus, having recorded recovery of over 20,000 infected patients out of 24518 cases so far.

  President Akufo-Addo in his tenth address announced that while borders remained closed, some categories of academic institutions are allowed to resume, religious places can also reopen with strict conditions and the observance of health protocols.

Social gatherings -weddings, funerals are to be conducted under certain conditions with maximum of 100 participants.

  The West Africa country was the most impacted nation behind Nigeria, at a point in May 2020, but has started with progressive lifting of more virus restrictions.

  Ghana’s case load at close of the weekend stood at 24,518 but are basking on the feat of  having recoveries numbers hit over 20,000 mark. The Ghana Health Service reported 20,187 recoveries with 139 deaths. The active cases stood at 4,192, according to statistics provided on Sunday.

  According to experts report, their recovery rate is one of the highest across the continent, especially, comparing it with countries whose case load has passed the 10,000 mark. 

  The back and forth surrounding the reopening of secondary schools and the ongoing voter registration exercise continues. Despite infections in a number of schools, the government insists the final year students are set to write the West African Examination Council, WAEC; papers.

  The Electoral Commission, EC; in a statement over the weekend stressed its commitment to enforcing virus protocols across the country as it registers voters for a new voter roll ahead of December 2020 polls.

  “Safety of applicants is foremost in the registration process and the Commission will go any length to observe the measures outlined by the Ghana Health Service.

  “The Commission reiterates its commitment to the safety protocols and urges applicants to collaborate with registration officials by observing safety protocols, which include wearing face masks, washing hands, checking temperature and sanitizing hands before and after the registration exercise in order to keep safe,” EC statement read in part.

  Education Minister Mathew Opoku Prempeh had last week disclosed on a local radio station that 90 per cent of staff at the ministry tested positive for COVID-19.

  According to him, a mass testing regime was implemented after he tested positive for the virus weeks back and was admitted to the leading virus treatment center in the capital, Accra.

  Speaking to media audience on Peace FM, “after my second result came out positive, testing was conducted on all staff at the ministry and the results showed that out of every 50 persons, about 45 had contracted the virus. Most of them are asymptomatic, so, they shouldisolate at home.

  “For all the 52 years of my life, I’ve never been admitted to the hospital before and it was not a pleasant experience. The disease is very real and I don’t wish it on even my foe,” he said.

The Ghana Education Service, GES, is however adamant that senior high schools will remain open and also conduct terminal examination for final year students against the advice by the country’s medical association.

  “We’re going ahead with the WASSCE, we’ve not received any directive to hold on. We are going to conduct the exams and WAEC is preparing for that.”

  “We have holding rooms in all the schools and we have trained health personnel there, so, when they come across any COVID-19 symptoms, the person is isolated. We have also mapped all schools to a health facility,” GES PRO told local media.

  Report says President Akufo-Addo is still isolating after he was exposed to the virus over the weekend while education and health Ministers have been released from the University of Ghana Medical Center (UGMC), where they were receiving virus treatment.

  The call for high schools to close have been heightened after Accra Girls Senior High School recorded infections earlier this week. The minority in parliament is calling for the closure of schools while the reported virus-related death of a student has led to the dismissal of a school head in the Ashanti region.

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