- 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.
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
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.
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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