- Ghana has recorded 178 new COVID-19 cases as of Thursday, 16 July 2020
- The country's total caseload is now 25 430
- The number of recoveries is 21 511 and the death toll is 139
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The Ghana Health Service (GHS) has announced an additional 178 new coronavirus (COVID-19) cases, taking the national tally to 25 430.
The latest update from the GHS said:
"A total of 178 new cases were reported on July 12, 2020. These are samples that were taken from the period 22 June to 10 July 2020, but reported from the lab on July 12."
The recoveries have increased to 21 511 as the death toll remains at 139.
According to the GHS, 25 people are currently in severe condition and eight remain in a critical situation, with four others on ventilators.
Greater Accra Region – 13 986
Ashanti Region – 5 277
Western Region – 2 190
Central Region – 1 131
Eastern Region – 962
Volta Region – 441
Upper East Region – 282
Northern Region – 271
Bono East Region – 206
Western North Region – 200
Oti Region – 138
Bono Region – 107
Ahafo Region – 103
Upper West Region – 70
Savannah Region – 57
North East Region – 9
Meanwhile, on the back of the increasing number of COVID-19 cases, parents, politicians, and loads of professional bodies have called on government to close down schools and up its game in the fight against the pandemic.
But the Minister of Health, Kwaku Agyeman-Manu, has also served notice that the government would not be pressured to shut down senior high schools over COVID-19 fears.
He said the current number of cases recorded in some schools was not enough ground to send the students back home and that government was determined to deal with the outbreak and protect all students in affected schools.
The minister told journalists, after inspecting some hospital projects in the Ashanti Region, that “closing down schools is defeatist and a cowardly person’s approach to solving problems."
YEN.com.gh also earlier reported that experts at the University College London (UCL) said COVID-19 could lead to neurological complications.
These complications include stroke, nerve damage, and potentially fatal brain inflammation.
Senior Minister, Osafo-Maafo tests positive for COVID-19:
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