Ghana is West Africa’s most impacted nation behind Nigeria, at a point in May 2020, Ghana led the regional case load. June has started with progressive lifting of more virus restrictions.
President Akufo-Addo in his tenth address announced that whiles borders remained closed, some categories of academic institutions are allowed to resume, religious places can also reopen with strict conditions and the observance of health protocols.
Social gatherings -weddings, funerals etc. – are to be allowed under certain conditions – among others with maximum 100 participants. As the 2020 polls loom, even political activity is allowed to be undertaken.
This article will be focused on tracking case increases and major developments from the West African country. It will build on our April – May 2020 updates page.
July 21: 28,989 cases; Accra accounts for over 50%
Ghana’s caseload is nearing 29,000 after the Health Service announced today that the cumulative toll stood at 28,989 cases out of which 25,331 had recovered – the figure represents 87% recoveries.
The number of active cases stands at 3,505 whiles deaths are 153. The region that hosts the capital, the Greater Accra region has over 50% of cases with over 15,000 cases.
The five most impacted regions are as follows: Greater Accra Region – 15,519; Ashanti Region – 6,264; Western Region – 2,310; Central Region – 1,236 and Eastern Region – 1,091.
Confirmed cases = 28,989
Active cases = 3,505
Recoveries = 25,331
Number of deaths = 153
Ghana Health Service stats valid as of July 21, 2020
Ghana has recorded 25,331 recoveries and discharges of COVID-19, representing 87 per cent of the total cases recorded in the country since March 12, Dr Patrick Kuma-Aboagye, the Director-General of the Ghana Health Service, has said. #GHnewsagency pic.twitter.com/vMgTTWM1Bj— Ghana News Agency (@GHANANEWSAGENCY) July 21, 2020
July 20: 27,667 cases; high school exams kicks off
President Akufo-Addo on Sunday (July 19) tasked senior high school students across the country to take seriously all virus prevention measures as they kick start their final exams today.
Over 370,000 students will be taking this year’s West Africa Senior Secondary Certificate Examinations, WASSCE. The president reiterated the importance of forging ahead with the exams despite a global pandemic.
“Just as has been done over the course of the last four weeks, since their return to school, I continue to urge everyone associated with the conduct of this year’s WASSCE i.e. teaching and non-teaching staff, invigilators and students, to abide by the enhanced hygiene, mask wearing and social distancing protocols they have become accustomed to.
“They continue to remain our weapons in the fight to defeat COVID-19,” the president added. The exams is the final pre-tertiary step for students.
Nigeria, another country within the West Africa Examinations Council, WAEC, bloc; opted to cancel the exam with the federal government citing the fact that it was not safe to reopen schools at a time cases w