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COVID-19: Ghana’s active cases now 8,554, death toll 1,283

The country’s COVID-19 active cases now stand at 8,554 with no critical case as at 24 December

At least 1,264 new coronavirus cases have been confirmed by the Ghana Health Service (GHS) pushing the country’s active cases to 8,554.

The death toll hits 1,283 after three additional fatalities were recorded across the country, an update on the GHS COVID-19 dashboard reveals.

As at 24 December, 2021, Ghana’s total confirmed cases stand at 140,221. Currently, health officials have recorded 130,384 recoveries.

So far, 17 persons are in severe condition with no critical case, according to GHS. Cases detected at the Kotoka International Airport (KIA) are 4,624  with 3,411 recoveries.

Breakdown of regional cases

Greater Accra Region – 76,968

Ashanti Region – 21,429

Western Region – 7,672

Eastern Region – 6,651

Volta Region – 5,514

Central Region – 5,110

Bono East Region – 2,595

Bono Region – 2,136

Northern Region – 1,779

Upper East Region – 1,514

Ahafo Region – 1,061

Western North Region – 1,025

Oti Region – 850

Upper West Region – 747

North East Region – 283

Savannah Region – 263

GHS to soon administer COVID-19 booster dose

The government is considering administering booster jabs to targeted groups in the country in a bid to lessen COVID-19 fatalities, the presidential advisor on health, Dr Nsiah Asare has said.

A booster dose of the coronavirus (COVID-19) vaccine helps improve the protection you have from your first 2 doses of the vaccine.

Speaking to Kwaku Nhyira-Addo on the Asaase Breakfast Show on Thursday (23 December ) Dr Asare said the move is to lessen the impact of fatalities.

“We are doing a lot of work in our research…genome sequencing is going on and we know that the majority of strains in the country is now turning to be Omicron and that is the nature of omicron. The most important thing we are doing is to rump up our vaccination so that a lot of people could be vaccinated and we have few people who are vulnerable in our society, ” he said.

“We also considering and thinking of giving the vulnerable people and people who are at the forefront of the fight a booster dose, this is still under consideration.”

He added, “So that we don’t have a lot of fatalities during this period, but the most important thing is that we are now moving into the festivities, the virus moves where people are and we are now advising everybody that if you want to have an event, it should be done outdoor.”

Fred Dzakpata

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