A Lecturer at the Global Health Department of the School of Public Health, Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology KNUST (KNUST), Dr. John Amoasi, has urged Ghanaians to tread cautiously to prevent a spike of COVID-19 active cases following the easing up of restrictions.
He noted that Ghana was currently recording a reduction of new active cases but could experience a rebound if the laid down protocols were not strictly observed.
The Lecturer, who was speaking during an interview on Accra based Joy FM on Friday, September 4, said upcoming events such as political rallies and other activities prior and during the 2020 December elections could trigger an increase in new active cases.
He noted that the government must also focus on ensuring that the laid done protocols, particularly at the airport were observed.
“We are at the point where people gather, therefore, we must put in place measures that will reduce the spread of the disease, and identify, isolate, and treat visitors that come into the country.
“If we follow through with exactly what we have proposed then we anticipate that very few people would slip through, and those with the disease will be isolated and treated," he added.
According to the Ghana Health Service's latest update on COVID-19 in the country, active cases have dropped below the 1,000 case mark to 856, the lowest in months. The data also reveals four new deaths bringing the death toll to 280.
The positivity rate has also dropped from 65 per cent at the start of August, to 10 per cent on September 1.
The country’s case count is 44,713, out of which 97.5 per cent of the patients have recovered.
So far four of the 16 regions are without any active case, with other regions only reporting single and double-digit figures.
Only three regions Greater Accra, Central, and Ashanti have active cases above 100.
Cumulative Cases per Region
Greater Accra Region – 22,363
Ashanti Region – 10,878
Western Region – 2,959
Eastern Region – 2,320
Central Region – 1,878
Bono East Region – 777
Volta Region – 666
Western North Region – 619
Northern Region – 528
Ahafo Region – 524
Bono Region – 511
Upper East Region – 282
Oti Region – 237
Upper West Region – 90
Savannah Region – 62
North East Region – 19