A/R: COVID-19 active cases jump from 79 to 511 within a month

The Ashanti Regional Directorate of the Ghana Health Service has disclosed a rapid increase of COVID-19 cases in the region within a period of a month.

During the Christmas festivities, COVID-19 case tally in the region stood at 18 but increased to 79 on 13th January 2021 creating anxiety among the management COVID-19 cases in the region.

Speaking to Ultimate News, Ashanti Regional Director of the Ghana Health Service Dr. Emmanuel Tenkorang, disclosed COVID-19 case count in the region has sharply increased to 511 with Obuasi Municipality contributing to 40 of the total cases.

He said, 10 out of the total active cases are in critical condition at Komfo Anokye Teaching Hospital (KATH) receiving intensive medical care.

The increased cases are partly blamed on social activities such as funeral, church gatherings, among other social events without strict adherence to COVID-19 protocols in the region.

The latest data of 511 cases from the Ashanti Regional Directorate of the Ghana Health Service point to the fact that the holding centres are likely to become full if people continue to disregard all the protocols approval to fight the virus.

Dr. Emmanuel Tenkorang is therefore urging market woman to adhere to all the protocols for personal and their client’s safety.

He cautions Christian leaders to also limit their mass engagement in the church to check direct human physical contacts which have the ability to spread the virus easily.

He added the government has established two additional testing centres located at Komfo Anokye Teaching Hospital and Agogo South Hospital to support the work of KCCR which is conducting majority of COVID-19 sample testing in the region.

Story By: Isaac Justice Bediako

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