COVID-19: Fifteen fatalities take Ghana’s death toll to 945

At least 524 new coronavirus cases have been confirmed by the Ghana Health Service (GHS) pushing the country’s active cases to 6,265

The death toll hits 945 after 15 additional fatalities were recorded across the country, an update on the GHS COVID-19 dashboard reveals. As at 14 August  2021, Ghana’s total confirmed cases stand at 112,378. Currently, health officials have recorded 105,168 recoveries.

So far, 128 persons are in severe condition while 51 remain critical, according to GHS. Cases detected at the Kotoka International Airport (KIA) are 2,523  with 2,361 recoveries.

According to the Ghana Health Service, the month of July recorded the highest number of COVID-19 cases among international arrivals since the airport opened on 1 September 2020.

Breakdown of regional  cases 

Greater Accra Region – 60,185

Ashanti Region – 19,622

Western Region – 6,415

Eastern Region – 5,295

Central Region – 4,091

Volta Region – 3,677

Bono East Region – 2,104

Bono Region – 1,950

Northern Region – 1,693

Upper East Region – 1,337

Ahafo Region – 975

Western North Region – 943

Oti Region – 649

Upper West Region – 519

North East Region – 236

Savannah Region – 164

Delta variant kills three children in Accra

Meanwhile, children aged between 22 months and 11 are contracting the coronavirus in Ghana’s third wave of infection, health officials have said.

Speaking on Asaase Radio’s The Big Bulletin on Tuesday, Frank Owusu-Sekyere, who is in charge of the Ghana Medical Association’s COVID-19 team for the Greater Accra Region, said three out of five children admitted to the Korle-Bu Teaching Hospital since the start of the new wave of infections have died from the virus.

He said the Delta variant is the cause of the new trend in the nation’s capital, Accra, and increasingly it is affecting young people.

“More of the COVID-19 cases are affecting children. That is not something we saw in the first and second waves. The third wave is visiting children a bit more and that is a bit worrying.

“At least we’ve seen about five or six cases and unfortunately we’ve lost about three of them to COVID-19,” he told the host of The Big Bulletin, Beatrice Adu.

“Occasionally, you will see one, but unfortunately we’re seeing a lot more.”

 

Fred Dzakpata

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