Though the numbers of recorded COVID-19 cases keep soaring by the day, it is prudent to breakdown the numbers to know where the country stands in terms of current active cases, critical cases, recoveries, deaths as well as persons discharged and being treated in their homes.
According to Information Minister, Kojo Oppong Nkrumah, currently, Ghana has 195 COVID-19 cases. Out of the number, 138 persons are in facilities and are responding to treatment, 49 persons have been discharged for home treatment and are awaiting their final treatment, 5 persons have unfortunately died from the virus and 3 persons have been discharged based on full recovery.
Below are the breakdown of the cases as was highlighted by the Information Minister at a press briefing in Accra on Wednesday, April 1, 2020.
“Ghana’s case count as at this morning is 195. The general surveillance in the population is 106, that is the general surveillance that have been captured so far.
“Out of those 106, 3 have been discharged because they have recovered, what that means is that the test has taken place and they have tested negative after supported treatment. There’s another category who have been discharged for home management and that’s those who are no longer showing visible symptoms, they don’t appear sick or ill and they are going through the final bit of their treatment so that they can be tested negative and they are 18.”
“Those who are in facilities but are responding very well to treatment who we are hoping will be discharged to their homes very soon are 80. Unfortunately, we have lost 5 persons, and the context within which they died have been provided. That’s what gives us the 106.”
“In Accra when the mandatory quarantine was introduced a total of 79 persons tested positive, none of them at this stage have been discharged on basis of recovery. But 31 of them have been moved home for treatment because their risk profile says they can be treated at homes. 48 of them are being treated in facilities but they are responding very well to treatment, none of them is critical, none of them is dead, and that’s how we arrive at the 79.”
“In Tamale, the 10 persons who were put in quarantine and tested none of them have been discharged on basis of recovery, none of them is being discharged for home management but as of now, as we are completing the diplomatic protocols so that we have them go back to their countries of origin, they are currently responding to the levels of treatment.
“That means 3 persons discharged because they have recovered. 49 persons have been discharged for home treatment for the final bits of their treatment. 138 are in facilities but are responding to treatment, we are very hopeful and optimistic about that. Unfortunately, 5 persons are dead, that’s how we arrive at the 195,” he explained.
According to the Information Minister, the breakdown of the cases has become necessary to dispel fears among the citizenry on Ghana’s status as regards the COVID-19 pandemic.