Wearing of nose masks abruptly decreasing – GHS survey

There is a sharp decline in the wearing of a nose mask, a survey by the Ghana Health Service has revealed.

The number of persons who do not wear nose masks, according to the survey, has risen from 18%  to 72% t from August to October; while the number wearing the masks correctly has reduced from 44%  to 10 %

The Director of the Ghana Health Service, Dr. Patrick Kuma Aboagye, expressed worry about the disregard for the safety protocols.

“You can see that those wearing masks correctly moved from 44% in survey 3 to almost 10%. In some areas, it was as low as five percent but the average was 10%. There were some significant areas where we had about 5% wearing masks.

“Those not wearing masks at all had increased from 18 percent to 72 percent which is a major worry. And these are all in Accra. I believe that if we are able to get people to wear masks, more people will be wearing it correctly and that will lead to better results.”  he said at the COVID-19 press briefing.

The GHS survey comes in the wake of a gradual increase in Ghana’s COVID-19 case count.

Ghana’s COVID-19 case count as of Monday, November 9, 2020, stands at 1,156 with 198 new cases.

Some 320 persons have died from the virus.

Additionally, the number of daily infections has risen from an average of 25 new cases per day then, to an average of 130 new cases per day in the course of the last two weeks.

An analysis of the active case data suggests that the Greater Accra Region accounts for 75%, with Ashanti, Bono, Eastern, and Western being responsible for 16% of active cases.

The remaining 11 Regions make up 4% of the cases, with arrivals at Kotoka International Airport responsible for the other 5%.

See cases per region

Greater Accra Region – 26,007

Ashanti Region – 11,047

Western Region – 2,999

Eastern Region – 2,455

Central Region – 1,935

Bono East Region – 785

Volta Region – 684

Western North Region – 653

Bono Region – 619

Northern Region – 547

Ahafo Region – 528

Upper East Region – 358

Oti Region – 243

Upper West Region – 90

Savannah Region – 62

North East Region – 19


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