Ghana’s COVID-19 death toll now 685 after six more deaths

Ghana’s COVID-19 death toll now 685 after six more deaths

- Ghana has recorded six more COVID-19 related deaths

- The country’s death toll is now 685 following the new deaths

- A total of 87,769 cases have so far been recorded with 83,169 recoveries

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Ghana’s COVID-19 death toll has hit 685 after six more persons succumbed to the deadly virus that has killed some 2.6million people globally.

Also, 282 new cases were recorded, the Ghana Health Service (GHS) stated in its Sunday, March 14, 2021, update with active cases standing at 3,908.

Ghana’s COVID-19 death toll now 685 after six more deaths
Ghana’s COVID-19 death toll now 685 after six more deaths
Source: UGC

A total of 87,769 cases have so far been recorded with 83,169 recoveries.

Below is the regional breakdown:

Greater Accra Region - 48,953

Ashanti Region - 15,025

Western Region - 5,495

Eastern Region - 3,999

Central Region - 3,157

Volta Region - 2,156

Northern Region - 1,482

Upper East Region - 1,271

Bono East Region - 1,245

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Bono Region - 1,124

Western North Region - 834

Ahafo Region - 678

Upper West Region - 444

Oti Region - 354

North East Region - 185

Savannah Region - 97

Meanwhile, Denmark halted the use of the AstraZeneca COVID-19 vaccine for 14 days.

It followed reports of “serious cases of blood clots among vaccinated people,” the Danish Health Authority said in a statement on Thursday, March 11, 2021, DW reported.

The authority, however, fell short of directly linking the cases to the taking of the vaccine. "We are acting early, it needs to be thoroughly investigated,” Danish Health Minister Magnus Heunicke said.

Iceland and Norway also suspended administering the vaccine shortly after the announcement by the Danish authorities. European Medicines Agency launched an investigation into the development.

Some 300,000 Ghanaians have been vaccinated with the AstraZeneca vaccine after the country took delivery of 600,000 doses on February 22, 2021, under the United Nation-led COVAX facility.

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The AstraZeneca vaccine is licensed to the Serum Institute of India (AZ/SII).

Ghana is expected to receive an additional two million of the AstraZeneca COVID-19 vaccines from the COVAX Facility by the end of May this year, boasting the government’s quest to vaccinate about 20 million Ghanaians.

An outspoken Ghanaian had described the deployment of free vaccines to the country as troubling.

The governing New Patriotic Party (NPP) Member of Parliament for Assin Central, Kennedy Agyapong, said he was prepared to fund Ghana’s purchase of the vaccine to reduce the country’s over-dependence on aid.

“I’m not bragging but I am prepared to give Akufo-Addo one million dollars to procure the vaccines,” he stated on his Net 2 television on Wednesday.

“I don’t like the idea of always going to the developed countries to beg for support as though we cannot do anything for ourselves,” he added.

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