COVID-19: 13 people severely ill as Ghana records 8,070 cases

Medical staff members wearing protective gear with a patient infected with the COVID-19

Thirteen (13) people infected with the COVID-19 are severely ill with three in critical conditions and one on a ventilator, President Nana Akufo-Addo has announced.

Ghana has so far recorded 8,070 cases with 2,947 recoveries and 36 deaths.

Addressing the nation on Sunday, President Akufo-Addo said over 5000 people are so far responding to treatment and encouraged Ghanaians to continue to observe social distancing rules and wear their face masks despite the easing of restrictions.

“Fellow Ghanaians, as at today, Sunday, 31st May, under these measures, we have conducted two hundred and eighteen thousand, four hundred and twenty-five (218,425) tests; the number of positive cases stands at eight thousand and seventy (8,070); two thousand, nine hundred and forty-seven (2,947) persons have recovered; thirty-six (36) have sadly died; thirteen (13) persons are severely ill, with three (3) critically-ill for which (1) is on a ventilator; and five thousand and eighty-seven are responding to treatment at home, isolation centres and hospitals.

“Our hospitalisation and death rates have been, persistently, very low, some of the lowest in Africa and in the world. The Ghanaian people are not dying of the virus in the hundreds and thousands that were earlier anticipated, and that are being seen on a daily basis in some other countries.

“Indeed, we are witnessing a much milder manifestation of the virus in the country, than was initially feared. And, I dare say, that it is the grace of God, and the measures taken by Government that have produced this result.”

The President has also announced that Churches and schools for final year students will resume in June as part of measures to ease the restrictions introduced to slow the spread of the deadly COVID-19.

Effective June 5, 2020, Churches can reopen with a maximum of 100 people under effective social distancing rules. Churches and Mosques must also not spend more than 1 hour during a service.

Final year students in universities are expected to resume schools and complete their final exams on Monday, June 15. Final students for SHS and JHS are also expected to resume school on Monday 22 June.


Source: Ghana/