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82 per cent of Ghana's COVID-19 active cases are asymptomatic – GHS

BY: Graphic Online
Director-General of the Ghana Health Service, Dr Patrick Kuma-Aboagye
Director-General of the Ghana Health Service, Dr Patrick Kuma-Aboagye

The Director-General of the Ghana Health Service, Dr Patrick Kuma-Aboagye, says 82 percent of the active COVID-19 cases in the country were asymptomatic and were, therefore, being managed at home.

According to him, as of July 21, of the total 3,505 active cases in the country, only 18 percent were symptomatic and were therefore being managed at treatment and isolation facilities in the country.

At a press briefing on Ghana’s COVID-19 management system, Dr Kuma-Aboagye said of the 18 percent who were symptomatic, 26 were in severe conditions, eight in critical conditions, while four were on ventilators.

He mentioned that 559 new cases spanning from June 23 to July 17 had brought the country's cumulative cases to 28,989.

The new cases, according to Dr Kuma-Aboagye were recorded in 36 districts in eight regions.

He added that the total recoveries were now 25,331, while 153 total deaths had been recorded.

He said the country had so far conducted 353,752 tests since the first case was recorded on March 12, 2020.