Increasing percentage of no travel infections call for concern. Since Ghana recorded her first case, experts have advised citizens to stay home and observe all safety protocols because if care is not taken, community spread of the virus could get out of hand.
Per the latest update of information on the number of people who are infected, one can conclude that indeed community spread has outnumbered people who came into the country with the virus or had known contact with people with travel history.
In the latest update, it said, “in the past two weeks since the institution of enhanced surveillance, restriction of movement and continuous public education to prevent the spread of cases of COVID-19. Several cases have been recorded as a result of intensive contact tracing and testing.
As of 13th April 2020, at 23:00HRS, a total of 44,421 persons have been tested with 636 being positive for COVID-19. The breakdown of the 636 positive cases are as follows: seventeen (17) have been treated, reverted to negative on repeat tests and discharged, 605 cases have been categorised as mild disease and are on treatment, two (2) are categorized as moderate to severe cases, none in the critical state currently and eight (8) have died.”
Giving details of the current figure of 636, it explained that “of the 636 confirmed COVID-19 cases, 268 were reported from the routine surveillance, 253 from enhanced surveillance activities and 115 from travellers under mandatory quarantine in both Accra and Tamale.”
A pie chart explaining this data is below
Per the chart above, the gap between the percentage of those with “No History of travel” and those with “History of travel” keeps on widening.
Currently, with 70% to 30% respectively, it is crucial for all citizens to ensure that all safety protocols are continuously observed. That way, the spread will be limited and then the virus can be contained and halted.
Speaking on Accra based Citi Fm, the NDC parliamentary candidate for Wa West, Superintendent (Rtd) Peter Lanchene Tuubo has however called for a “customized lockdown”. In his submission, all who are tested should be isolated for a period.
Regions that have reported cases are Greater Accra, Ashanti, Central, Eastern, Western, Volta, Northern, North East, Upper East, and Upper West regions.
Credit: Ghana Health Service