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Volta, Western Regions confirm first COVID-19 cases, total now 566

By Mutala Yakubu
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Ghana's COVID-19 cases has now risen to 566.

The latest regions to record cases are Western and Volta Regions. This was confirmed by the Ghana Health Service.

So far ten out of the 16 regions in Ghana have recorded cases of the deadly virus.

Meanwhile, the death toll remains 8 with no new confirmed deaths.

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The report from the Ghana Health Service indicated that the increasing number of cases is down to the ongoing enhanced surveillance exercise.

“As of 11 April 2020, 23:00 Hrs, a total of 37,954 persons have been tested with 566 being positive for COVID-19. The breakdown of the 566 positive cases are as follows: four (4) have been treated, discharged and tested negative, 552 cases have been categorised as mild disease on treatment, two (2) moderate to severe cases, none currently on ventilators and eight (8) have died,” 

“Of the 566 confirmed COVID-19 cases, 292 were reported from the routine surveillance, 159 from enhanced surveillance activities and 115 from travellers under mandatory quarantine in both Accra and Tamale.”

Regional breakdown

Greater Accra – 452
Ashanti – 49
Eastern – 32
Northern – 10
Volta – 9
Upper West – 7
Upper East – 4
North East – 1
Western – 1
Central – 1

The rapid rise of the disease has seen President Akufo-Addo extend the partial lockdown of Accra and Kumasi by one week and extended the ban on public gathering by another two weeks.

Many are calling for a partial lockdown of all affected regions and that decision looks imminent as more people test positive of the deadly virus.