Active cases of the Coronavirus disease in Ghana is now 398 as of Friday, October 16, 2020, President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo has said.
A total of 46,664 persons have also fully recovered from the virus, putting Ghana’s recovery rate at 98.5 percent.
Thirteen more deaths have occurred, bringing the total number of deaths, tragically to 310 out of a total number of 510,074 persons tested.
The rate of death, 0.5 percent continues to remain low.
These were some of the highlights of President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo’s national address Sunday night [October 18, 2020] on measures being taken against the spread of the coronavirus disease in Ghana.
The national address by President Akufo-Addo was the 18th since the disease was first recorded in Ghana on March 2020.
President Akufo-Addo said the science and data indicates that the trajectory of the virus in Ghana mirrors that of an epidemic with reduced disease activity.
Following the provision of testing facilities, which ensure the speed and accuracy of COVID-19 testing, Kotoka International Airport (KIA) was reopened on September 1, 2020.
Six weeks since the reopening, a total of 30,564 passengers have been tested, from which 92 have tested positive.
President Akufo-Addo said all 92 from the KIA testing are asymptomatic cases, whose status, but for the test, would have not been detected, and would have spread the disease amongst the rest of the population.
He said across Ghana, the government has expanded COVID-19 testing facilities from the initial two to 16, which include those of private sector providers.
Additionally some hospitals across the country have been equipped with the capacity to test for COVID-19.