Ghana’s COVID-19 death count has hit 54 after an additional three deaths were recorded.
This latest addition to the figures comes a few hours after the Ghana Health Service updated the country’s caseload with 51 deaths.
In a televised address to the country on Sunday, June 14, 2020, however, the President announced that the country’s coronavirus infections have shot up to 11,964.
Giving a breakdown of the caseload, the President also noted that six of the country’s patients are critically ill with an additional three persons on ventilators.
“Understandably, much focus has been placed on the rise in the total number of confirmed cases. As at midnight of 13th June, the total number of positives, cumulatively, stands at eleven thousand, nine hundred and sixty-four (11,964), out of the two hundred and fifty-four thousand three hundred and thirty-one (254,331), tests conducted. We have a total of four thousand, two hundred and fifty-eight (4,258) patients who have fully recovered, have been discharged, and are now free of the virus.”
Despite 54 deaths, the President noted that the total death count is far lower as compared to the global and African average.
“In our hospitals and isolation centres, we currently have thirteen (13) persons severely ill, six (6) persons critically ill, with three (3) persons on ventilators. With fifty-four (54) deaths currently reported by the Ghana Health Service thus far in Ghana, the ratio of deaths to positive cases stands at 0.4%, compared to the global average of 5.5%, and the African average of 2.6%. The number of severe and critically ill also continues to be low. I am relating all these figures not to engender any false, feel-good factor, but as statements of fact that must provide the context for us when we examine our figures.”