UPDATE: Ghana’s COVID-19 Cases Sharply Rise To 834 With 99 Recoveries & 1 New Death

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The number of novel coronavirus cases in Ghana has seen a sharp rise by a whopping 193 news cases.

The latest figure released by the Ghana Health Service (GHS) on their official website takes the national tally at 834 from the previous 641.

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Their latest update also revealed that one more death has been recorded while the number of those who have recovered from the viral infection has also increased to 99.

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Read the full update below

Situation update

The Ghana Health Service is supervising the completion of a backlog of laboratory samples which have been picked for testing as part of the Covid-19 testing exercise.

This is after some 57,000 samples have already been successfully tested as at April 15, 2020. In the first batch of this backlog, an additional 198 have been found to be positive.

This will bring Ghana’s total case count to 834 at the moment. The general public is, however, advised that this does not represent new infections that are occurring. It represents results from tests of a backlog of samples.

The laboratories have been working day and night to test this large number of samples. Hopefully in the next few days all the testing would be completed.

Total samples tested so far now stands at 60, 916 with 1.37 % testing positive.

Regions that have reported cases are Greater Accra, Ashanti, Eastern, Northern, Volta, Upper East, Upper West, Central, Western and North East.

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The government on Thursday revealed that it was expecting results from some 12,000 samples sent for testing.

Information Minister, Kojo Oppong Nkrumah, in a tweet on Thursday evening, said the processing will be in addition to 51,000 samples already tested as at yesterday.

Contact tracing teams and lab technicians were tasked to trace some initial about 10,000 at-risk-persons but have already tested some 50,000.

The enhanced testing programme makes Ghana the second most aggressive country in testing for Covid-19 in Africa.

Experts say early testing is key in helping a country take control of the spread and contain in.

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