Ghana Medical Association proposes nationwide lockdown
The Ghana Medical Association (GMA) has said a total nationwide lockdown may be necessary at this point as 10 out of Ghana’s 16 regions record confirmed cases of coronavirus.
“Truth be told, we find ourselves gradually getting into a difficult situation. We all expected the cases to rise but the rate at which we’re moving now, it’ll be very prudent for all to start taking the measures that have been put in place very seriously
“The President has said he’s going to review. Of course, that review is based on the statistics. Hitherto, some of these regions were not in there but we’re seeing numbers so it’s possible that we may extend to that end,”General Secretary of the GMA, Dr. Justice Yankson said on JoyNews.
The Volta and Western Regions are the latest to join the train of COVID-19 hit regions.
This brings the total number of infected coronavirus regions to 10.
Volta joined the list with nine cases whiles the Western region recorded one.
Ghana’s case count stood at 566 as of April 13, 2020.
Health authorities attributed the increasing number of cases to the ongoing enhanced surveillance exercise.
The breakdown of the 566 positive cases are as follows: four have been treated, discharged and tested negative, 552 cases have been categorised as mild disease on treatment, two moderate to severe cases, none currently on ventilators and eight have died.
The website further indicated that, “Of the 566 confirmed COVID-19 cases, 292 were reported from the routine surveillance, 159 from enhanced surveillance activities and 115 from travellers under mandatory quarantine in both Accra and Tamale.”
Regional breakdown; Greater Accra has the highest number of cases with 452, Ashanti has 49, Eastern has 32, Northern has 10, Volta has 9, Upper West has 7, Upper East has 4, North East, Western and Central have one confirmed case.