Ghana’s Covid-19 death toll has risen to 698, with the Ghana Health Service confirming seven more deaths (GHS).
According to the most recent report from the country’s health management agency, 48 more people were in critical condition, with 18 more in moderate condition.
It went on to say that an additional 243 new cases of infection had been reported, 28 of which were active, bringing the country’s active cases to 3,701 from 3,673 as of Monday, March 15.
According to the GHS, these cases are being treated at treatment facilities and isolation centers throughout the country, with some being managed at home.
The latest infections resulted from tests performed on March 12, 2021. So far, a total of 83,829 people have been rescued and released.
Since the first two cases were confirmed in March 2020, the country has reported a total of 88,228 cases of the virus.
Out of the total confirmed cases, 30,813 were from the General Surveillance; 56,142 cases from the Enhanced Contact Tracing, while 1,273 have been recorded from international travellers disembarking at the Kotoka International Airport (KIA) since it was reopened on September 1, 2020.
Also, 953,041 tests had been conducted out of which 290,368 were from routine surveillance, 475,943 from contact tracing, and 186,730 from international travellers arriving through the KIA. The positivity rate is 9.3 per cent.
Currently, all 16 regions have an active case, the Greater Accra Region remains the hotspot, accounting for more than 50 percent (1,679) of active cases, with a cumulative case count of 49,091.
The Ashanti Region has 380 active cases while its case count now stands at 15,101, followed by the Western Region with 187 active cases and cumulative cases of 5,524.
Others are: Eastern Region, 149 active cases, with cumulative case count of 4,014; Central Region 295 active cases with total cases of 3,157; Volta Region, 271 active cases, with total cases of 2,199; Bono East Region 71 active cases and 1,297 cumulative, and Northern Region 115 active cases and cumulative of 1,520 and Upper East Region 66 active cases and 1,277 case tally
The rest are Western North Region 39 active cases, 834 cumulative, Bono Region 103 active cases, 1,135 cumulative, Ahafo Region, Nine active cases and 679 cumulative, Oti Region 41 active and 370 cumulative, Upper West 93 active and 456 cumulative, Savannah Region, 15 active and 112 cumulative, and North East 64 active and 189 cumulative.
There are also 124 active cases from international travelers at the KIA. Ghana, on March 2, this year begun a mass vaccination exercise in some regions after it took delivery of some 600,000 doses of Oxford-AstraZeneca Covid-19 vaccines on February 24.
Government said it hoped to vaccinate about 20 million of the population to stem a further spread of the virus.
After 2 Month, EC Finally Speaks On Supreme Court Verdict On 2020 Election Petition
The Electoral Commission (EC) has finally spoken up on the verdict of the Supreme Court concerning the 2020 election petition.
The seven-member Supreme Court panel ruled unanimously that while the petitioner (John Dramani Mahama) had legitimate concerns about the results he could not adduce evidence to validate the claims he was making against the EC.
Speaking on Asaase FM, Bossman Asare, deputy chairman of the EC said the court vindicated the work of the commission with their ruling.
“We were relieved right after the election because we know we did the right thing. The [Supreme] Court gave us an international vindication, so for us life is just normal; we have a lot of things, review of the election et cetera that we must engage in,” he said.
“As a Commission, we are doing what we have to do. There are a lot of administrative measures that must be put in place so that in future we’ll continue to be ahead of the game. I think for us we didn’t see the court case as a challenge… we know it’s part of the work and life must go on,” he said.
Taxi Driver Transporting Human Body Parts To Fetish Priest For Sakawa Finally Arrested
According to the local police, the Unit Committee Chairman of Kwamekyere Electoral Area – Aware Isaac, along with two others, intercepted a Daewoo taxi cab with registration number GE 5063-15 with suspects – Awatey David Okra, 22, driver, and Amenuvor Nicholas, 20, on April 7, 2021 at around 10:30 pm from Suhum direction towards Kwamekyere, a community in the District for allegedly carrying human bones.
One other occupant managed to escape with a pan containing some unidentified materials. A search conducted in the taxi revealed a black suitcase containing some old bones suspected to be human bones.
The Coaltar Police command apprehended a driver in the Ayensuano district of the Eastern region while he was transporting suspect human bones and a skull to a fetish priest.
Are You Aware Of The Ritual Killings In Ghana: You Have Made Ghana Hard – NDC Blast Akufo Addo In A Press Statement
The statement urged President Akufo-Addo to expedite investigations into unsolved crimes committed in the country since he assumed power.
Read the full statement below:
PRESS STATEMENT BY THE NATIONAL DEMOCRATIC CONGRESS ON THE MURDER OF YOUNG ISHMAEL MENSAH ABDALLAH AT KASOA.
It is with extreme shock and disbelief that the National Democratic Congress received news of the gruesome murder of a ten-year-old boy called Ishmael Mensah Abdallah at Kasoa in the Central Region by his own teenaged acquaintances for ritual purposes.
The Leadership, as well as the entire rank and file of the NDC, join the family and friends and, indeed, the entire nation, in mourning the loss of this young and promising boy much beloved by his family and community.
It is the expectation of the National Democratic Congress that the appropriate authorities will ensure that the bereaved family are comforted by the swiftness of the application of the law to punish the perpetrators and all who may be behind this dastardly murder.
The NDC has taken due notice of the fact that there appears to be a fashionable craze toward the acquisition of quick wealth by many of our countrymen and women and the youth in particular, without the attendant hard, morally sound and lawful means of obtaining the same.
We deem this development as a dangerous trend that has to be condemned and discouraged by all and sundry.
It is a development that the NDC is unquestionably opposed to, or else we risk bequeathing to the youth, a practice and a lifestyle that cannot build this nation.
We further wish to draw the attention of the Akufo-Addo government to the plethora of crimes whose resolution has dragged on interminably, thus, encouraging the perpetuation of the culture of impunity.
We encourage the youth to look out for honest, hardworking, and accomplished persons as their role models.
The wealth that has been improperly obtained, should never be an attraction for the upcoming youth of this great nation.
In this regard, we call on the Akufo-Addo government to speed up investigations and crank the wheels of justice so that the country can rid itself of the odious reminder of this unfortunate event.
May the soul of young Ishmael Mensah Abdallah rest in peace.
ISSUED ON FRIDAY 9TH APRIL, 2021
DIRECTOR OF COMMUNICATIONS
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