COVID infections currently on the rise; active cases surges to over 450 in early June – GHS warns

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The Ghana Health Service has announced that the country is currently experiencing as upsurge in COVID-19 cases in the last few weeks.

This was disclosed by the Director-General of the Ghana Health Service, Dr. Patrick Kuma-Aboagye on Wednesday, June 8, 2022 when he addressed the media on how the country’s health authorities are dealing with the three outbreaks, i.e COVID-19, Monkeypox and influenza.

According to Dr. Kuma-Aboagye, the country as at June 6, 2022 has a recorded a sharp rise in COVID cases to a total of 452. The country within the first week of June, that is from 1st to 6th has recorded a total of 267 new cases with an average daily cases of 44.

The average daily cases of 44, according to data from the Ghana Health Service is the highest since March 2022.

According to the data, average number of cases per day in March was 5, 1.3 in April, 13 in May and the sharp jump to 44 in the first few days in June.

Dr. Kuma-Aboagye further explained that these new cases are being mostly recorded in schools and workplaces adding that 18 percent of these new cases are children who are not captured in the vaccination program.

The omicron variant, Dr. Kuma-Aboagye says is the most dominant in the new cases recorded.

In view of this sharp rise in the cases of COVID infections, the Director-General is calling for strict adherence to all COVID-19 protocols, especially in schools where most of the pupils are not vaccinated, workplaces and enclosed areas.

He further indicated that the Ghana Health Service is also going to enhance its vaccination drive. Dr. Kuma-Aboagye noted that the focus of the next vaccination drive will be the youth where a significant portion remains unvaccinated.

“We need to really increase the vaccine drive and ensure that most people are vaccinated. Our data shows the update for adolescents and schools. This population accounts for about 2.5 million people. So far only 354,000 of that group is vaccinated so the next vaccination drive we are not going to focus not only in the rural areas and other places but also for the youth to be able to get vaccinated because they are the ones who are, maybe, spreading the virus to other parts of the country,” Dr. Kuma-Aboagye explained.

The Director-General therefore indicated that as part of efforts to curb the increase in the cases through vaccination, the Ghana Health Service is set to embark on the 4th and 5th rounds of National COVID-19 Vaccination Days (NaCVaDs).

He stated that the 4th round began on the 8th of June and will end on 12th of June whilst the 5th round is set to begin on 24th of June to 28th of June 2022.

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