- The director-general of GHS said the rising numbers are a result of the second wave being recorded in Europe and America
- President Akufo-Addo earlier this month worry over the ballooning cases, noting that Ghanaians had let down their guard
- The West African country recorded 51,184 confirmed cases of the contagion with 50,029 recoveries and 323 deaths
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A total of 120 new cases of COVID-19 has been recorded at the Kotoka International Airport (KIA) in November, the director-general of the Ghana Health Service (GHS), Dr. Patrick Kuma-Aboagye has disclosed.
The figure brings the total number of imported cases to 264 since the reopening of the airport.
The Kotoka International Airport was reopened on Tuesday, September 1, 2020, after it was closed to international and domestic air travel as part of measures by the government of Ghana to halt the importation and spread the dreadful COVID-19 scourge in the country.
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Addressing a news conference in Accra on Wednesday, November 25, 2020, Kuma-Aboagye said the surge in cases at the KIA was a result of the second wave of the pandemic in Europe and America.
Earlier this month, President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo expressed concern about the rise in daily cases of the virus.
With active cases jumping from 25 a day to 130, the president observed that Ghanaians have “let our guards down”.
Ghana’s Covid-19 cases have been on the rise since October, with daily case counts spiking in the tens.
Disease experts from the University of Ghana project that over 1 million Ghanaians have the virus - despite recent cases being over 45,000.
The global pandemic has caused damage to world economies. In Ghana, millions of jobs have been lost with over 40,000 small and medium companies collapsing.
According to data from the GHS COVID-19 tracker, the country has so far recorded 51,184 confirmed cases of the contagion with 50,029 recoveries and 323 deaths.
The Ghana Medical Association (GMA) warned the country would like head to another lockdown if the cases continue to rise.
“If we don’t take care of ourselves, and looking at the trajectory, we might have to go back to lockdown,” the deputy general secretary of the association, Dr Titus Bayuo, told Accra-based Starr FM in a recent interview.
“…We are pushing ourselves towards tougher restrictions [i.e. ban on social gatherings, lockdown] and if we get there the political leaders will have no option,” he added.
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