COVID-19: 20 Ghanaians die from disease in US

COVID-19: 20 Ghanaians die from disease in US

- The Ghana Embassy in the United States has revealed that 20 Ghanaians have died from the coronavirus in New York and New Jersey

- Mr. Kofi Tonto of the Ghana Embassy in the US says the number is not an official one

- Total number of confirmed COVID-19 cases now stands at 5,918 as of May 19, 2020

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Twenty (20) Ghanaians have died from the coronavirus disease in the United States of America, according to the Ghana Embassy in the USA.

An official at the public affairs department at the Ghana Embassy, US, Kofi Tonto revealed that the figure was from the members of the Ghanaian community especially in New York and New Jersey.

He further noted that the New York and New Jersey are the hardest-hit cities in the US as far as COVID-19 is concerned.

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Mr. Tonto also added that the embassy is yet to receive official data on the number of Ghanaians who have died in the US from the government, but the information from the Ghanaian community says 20 people have died so far.

“We do know of Ghanaians who have passed and we continue to gather data. Unfortunately, because of some health regulations, you don’t get the data to know whether this is Ghanaian or otherwise.
“What we rely on is people within the Ghanaian community informing us of folks who have been affected either by contracting the disease or folks who have unfortunately passed away.

At our last count, we were about 20 people. This isn’t data from the hospital, this is data based on what we gather from the various communities,” he told 3FM in an interview.

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The US has so far confirmed 1.55 million cases with 287,000 recoveries and over 90,263 deaths.

Meanwhile, the Ghana Health Service has reported that the total confirmed COVID-19 cases now stand at 5,918 as of May 19, 2020.

Per the new update, the death toll stands at 31 with 1,754 recoveries.

The GHS said five patients are in a critical condition. About 180,567 tests have so far been administered.

YEN.com.gh earlier reported that Director-General of the Ghana Health Service, Dr Anthony Nsiah-Asare, has opined that by November, there would be no cure for COVID-19.

According to him, getting a vaccine takes a long time so there is a need for life to go on.

He also called on the Electoral Commission (EC) to go ahead and compile a new voters’ register but to be sure to observe COVID-19 control measures.

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