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General News of Sunday, 12 April 2020

Source: Prime News Ghana

Ghana’s coronavirus cases are not getting worse - Dr Nsiah Asare


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Former Director-General of the Ghana Health Service and presidential advisor on Health, Dr Anthony Nsiah Asare says the Covid-19 cases in Ghana are not getting worse.

Dr Nsiah Asare said it is rather a positive step by the government through its enhanced contact tracing and testing exercise to make sure the virus did not spread further.

This was in response to a statement from Epidemiologist, Dr. John Amuasi of the Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology that the cases in Ghana will get worse before getting better.

Speaking as a panellist on a radio show monitored by primenewsghana.com., Dr Nsiah Asare said the cases in the country have increased because of the enhanced contact tracing.

According to him, this is a positive sign because without testing we will not know the true state of the spread of the virus in the country.

He said since the lockdown over 37,000 samples of contacts have been taken and are being tested, and this will inform the next decision of the government.

Dr Nsiah also disclosed that the government will soon introduce the rapid testing system to complement the PCR currently being used for the testing.

Ghana's case count

Eight (8) out of sixteen (16) regions of the country have recorded coronavirus cases after the national case count hit 408.



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

This means the country has confirmed 30 new cases after President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo announced on Thursday that the case count stood at 378.

"Of the 408 confirmed COVID-19 cases, 205 were reported from the routine surveillance, 88 from enhanced surveillance activities and 115 from travellers under mandatory quarantine in both Accra and Tamale," the Ghana Health Service (GHS) reported on Saturday afternoon.

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