COVID-19: Ghana’s active cases now 6,981, death toll 991

The country’s COVID-19 active cases now stand at 6,981 with 52 persons said to be in critical condition

At least 496 new coronavirus cases have been confirmed by the Ghana Health Service (GHS) pushing the country’s active cases to 6,981.

The death toll has hit 991 after nine additional fatalities were recorded across the country, an update on the GHS COVID-19 dashboard reveals.

As at 22 August  2021, Ghana’s total confirmed cases stand at 116,441. Currently, health officials have recorded 108,469 recoveries.

So far, 143 persons are in severe condition while 52 remain critical, according to GHS. Cases detected at the Kotoka International Airport (KIA) are 2,594  with 2,443 recoveries.

According to the Ghana Health Service, the month of July recorded the highest number of COVID-19 cases among international arrivals since the airport opened on 1 September 2020.

Regional break down of cases

Greater Accra Region – 62,349

Ashanti Region – 19,854

Western Region – 6,695

Eastern Region – 5,663

Central Region – 4,216

Volta Region – 4,047

Bono East Region – 2,306

Bono Region – 2,029

Northern Region – 1,699

Upper East Region – 1,349

Ahafo Region – 1,014

Western North Region – 956

Oti Region – 717

Upper West Region – 530

North East Region – 236

Savannah Region – 187

Time to rally round the flag for quick recovery

Meanwhile the minister of information, Kojo Oppong Nkrumah, has charged the media to be partners in Ghana’s efforts to rebound the economy from the ravages of the coronavirus pandemic.

According to him, the media in this post-crises recovery era should be partners in highlighting the opportunities and amplifying successes of the government and businesses in order to complement efforts being made to revive the economy from the economic downturn.

“We are at the most critical time in recent economic history of our continent. Therefore, this is the time to rally round the flag and indeed rally round the continent-wide effort to recover. This requires common purpose from policy makers, from private sector players and from the media. It is the only way to guarantee our common success.

“On the part of government, we will continue to provide support for the industry through fair regulation, capacity enhancement programmes and support to the general economy which should in turn help the industry. However, in return, the media should also help in projecting the country to the outside world,” he added.

He was giving the keynote address at the Graphic Business and Stanbic Bank Breakfast Meeting on Tuesday 24 August 2021 under the theme: “Media and Marketing Communication post COVID: A catalyst for Africa’s Socio-Economic Resurgence.”

The minister said the role of the media in these times is to eschew all forms of sensational and misleading publications that will deter investors, both foreign and local from investing in critical sectors of the economy.

Organised by the Graphic Business and Stanbic Bank Ghana, the main speakers for the Breakfast Meeting were the Chief Executive Officer of ABN Holdings,  George Twumasi, Managing Director of the Graphic Communications Group Limited (GCGL), Ato Afful and Digital Marketing Communication expert, Stephen Naasei Boadi.



Fred Dzakpata

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