COVID-19 confirmed cases in Ghana now 141. The Ministry of Health has stated that Ghana’s confirmed case count for COVID-19 as of Saturday 28th March, has risen to 141.
The statement was made after 4 new cases were recorded at 3:20PM on Saturday.
According to the information, one of the new positive cases is from those currently under mandatory quarantine. The rest of the 3 are from the general population.
With fatalities, the country has recorded one more, increasing the total number of COVID-19 related deaths to 5. All these fatalities came from those who were discovered to have the virus after routine surveillance.
Accordingly, no one in mandatory quarantine who tested positive has died.
With this latest information, the general population has produced 62 cases. This is made up of the 5 fatalities and 2 who recovered. Those under mandatory quarantine have produced 79 cases
As it stands three (3) regions have been affected. These are the Greater Accra, Ashanti and the Upper West Regions.
The Greater Accra Regions still stands as the region with the highest number of cases with 54. This is without those in mandatory quarantine.
The Ashanti Region follows with 7 cases, while the Upper West Region has the least of 1
Partial lockdown of Accra and Kumasi
In the bid to contain the spread of the virus, President Nana Akufo-Addo announced a partial lockdown of the Greater Accra Metropolitan Area and the Greater Kumasi Metropolitan Area.
The President stated that, within the period which is to last for two weeks, there would be “aggressive testing” of all contacts. There also would be intensified contact tracing.
According to the President, the partial lockdown “will give us the opportunity to try to halt the spread of the virus, and scale-up effectively contact tracing of persons who have come into contact with infected persons, test them for the virus, and, if necessary, quarantine and isolate them for treatment, should they prove to have the virus.”
He did not miss words about punishing those who would flout the hygienic protocols have been put in place.
“Let me also reiterate that the ban on public gatherings, religious or social, is still in force. Anyone, irrespective of status, religion or ethnicity, who is found to be flouting them will be dealt with fully in accordance with the law. The security services have been clothed with the necessary power to enforce these measures, and I assure you that they will do so responsibly, but without fear or favour, ill-will or malice,” he said.
Panic buying after the announcement
After the announcement, lots of Ghanaians thronged markets and supermarkets to buy foodstuffs and other essential commodities.
The action was however condemned by members of parliament calling the occurrence “unnecessary” since it had caused a hike in prices. Secondly, these commodities would be available for purchase during the period.