At least two more persons have died of COVID-19 taking Ghana’s death toll to 584 , health officials announced on Wednesday.
The country’s active cases now stand at 6,614 after 486 new coronavirus cases were confirmed at the laboratories.
As at 20 February 2021, the Ghana Health Service (GHS) reports that the country’s total confirmed cases increased to 81,245 out of which 74,047 have recovered.
So far, 95 persons are in severe condition while 29 remain critical, according to GHS. Cases detected at the Kotoka International Airport (KIA) are 1,212 with 1,054 recoveries.
Breakdown of regional cases:
Greater Accra Region – 46,436
Ashanti Region – 14,165
Western Region – 4,915
Eastern Region – 3,610
Central Region – 2,833
Volta Region – 1,644
Northern Region – 1,131
Bono East Region – 1,099
Upper East Region – 994
Bono Region – 949
Western North Region – 797
Ahafo Region – 663
Upper West Region – 374
Oti Region – 272
North East Region – 79
Savannah Region – 72
First batch of vaccines
Ghana on Wednesday took delivery of 600,000 doses of AstraZeneca COVID-19 vaccines made by the Serum Institute of India (Covishield).
This is the first consignment of vaccines acquired through the COVID-19 Vaccine Global Access Facility (COVAX) which Ghana, among 92 countries, has signed unto.
A statement issued by the information ministry said the COVID-19 vaccination will be conducted in phases among segmented populations.
“The first segment of the population that will receive from the 600,000 doses will be health workers, adults 60 years and over, people with underlying health conditions, frontline executive, legislature, judiciary and their related staff, frontline security personnel, some religious leaders, essential workers, teachers and other personalities in Greater Accra Metro including Awutu Senya and Awutu Senya East in the Central Region. A similar segmented population in the Greater Kumasi Metro and Obuasi municipality will also be covered,” the statement signed by Kojo Oppong Nkrumah, information minister-designate said.
The vaccines will be deployed in health facilities and designated centres in these geographical regions from 2 March.
The statement said Ghana “remains resolute at ensuring the welfare of all Ghanaians and is making frantic efforts to acquire adequate vaccines to cover the entire population through bilateral and multi-lateral agencies.”
It added: “We urge you to do your part by ensuring that you get vaccinated when the vaccine gets to you. We acknowledge the hard work of the technical teams from the Ghana Health Service, the Ministry of Health, the Ministry of Information, the COVID-19 Task Force and all those who have assisted in getting us this far.”
Government expressed gratitude to its development partners for their tremendous financial and technical support.
“It is our hope that they will continue to support us in our sustained efforts in combating this virus and putting COVID-19 behind us”.