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Ghana’s COVID-19 Infection Rate Slows

A passenger’s body temperature is being tested at the gate of entry upon arrival at the Murtala International Airport in Lagos, on March 2, 2020. – Nigeria is monitoring 58 people who had contact with an Italian man infected with the new coronavirus, the health minister said Monday, as officials scrambled to stop the disease spreading. Africa’s most populous country on Friday confirmed the first case of the virus in sub-Saharan Africa after the patient was diagnosed in the economic hub Lagos. (Photo by BENSON IBEABUCHI / AFP) (Photo by BENSON IBEABUCHI/AFP via Getty Images)

Director-General of the Ghana Health Service Patrick Kuma-Aboagye said on Thursday that available data shows a slowing infection rate of the novel coronavirus in Ghana.

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Over the past two weeks, Ghana experienced spikes in the number of infections to as high as 921 within 48 hours. But these have slowed to below 183 per day over the past four days.

“Daily cases are declining, admissions are declining, isolation centers are also seeing fewer numbers, and some of our treatment facilities have not yet received any patients,” Kuma-Aboagye said at a bi-weekly COVID-19 press briefing.

He conceded, however, that there could be occasional surges from time to time, adding that “what we need to do is to identify those hotspots and quickly move in to deal with them, as we have done in Obuasi, Bibiani, and Tema.”

In the last update, only five of the 13 affected regions reported some cases, which the director-general said was a sign of the general decline in infections across the country.

The deputy minister for information Pius Hadzide, however, urged the public to continue observing the prevention protocols of social distancing, wearing of face masks and hand hygiene, among others, to ensure that the decline continues.

Public transport operators in Ghana have been ensuring social distancing by reducing the number of persons each vehicle carries while ensuring that their passengers also put on face masks to support the fight against COVID-19.

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