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Head of the Virology Department of the Noguchi Memorial Institute for Medical Research, (NMIMR) Prof William Ampofo has said the Ghana Health Service has a total of 1,982 COVID-19 samples to clear as backlog from the 130,000 tests by Thursday.

Prof. Ampofo made this known at a press briefing in Accra on Tuesday, May 5, 2020, as part of updates by government on measures being taken in the fight against COVID-19.

“I just checked with Prof Richard Philips of KCCR and he has 1,982 samples awaiting testing; it was 3,500 yesterday [Monday], so, they worked all night,” indicating that ”by Thursday, the backlog will be done.”

With Noguchi, he said: “We have no backlog. We have zero samples, so, as the minister said, we should be able to provide results within 24 hours back to the Ghana Health Service when samples are received from contact-tracing and also from hospital surveillance”, he said.

According to the Ghana Health Service, Ghana has recorded a total of  2,719 cases of coronavirus as of Monday, May 4, 2020.

Out of the number, a total of 294 have recovered with 18 deaths.



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