The President of Ghana, Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo has said that his government is developing a strategy to ease some of the COVID-19 restrictions in the country.
The President said this at the national Eid celebration in Accra, the president said: “We have to find a way back, but in safety, for we cannot be under these restrictions forever”.
Speaking at the Eid ceremony, the President said that his confidence in easing the restrictions is grounded on a few considerations:
Low death rate
“Firstly, sad though any premature death is, the hard fact is that the rate of deaths in Ghana amongst confirmed cases is very low – one per one million, i.e. 0.0001%. one of the lowest in Africa. And even the world at large , despite the very high number of tests we are carrying out”
“This has been so since the very beginning of the outbreak over two (2) months ago. The number of positive cases stands at six thousand, six hundred and eighty-three (6,683); out of one hundred and ninety-four thousand, seven hundred and sixty-three (194,763) tests conducted, with one thousand, nine hundred and ninety-eight (1,998) recoveries. This means that our positivity rate, that is the ratio of confirmed cases to the total number of tests conducted; is 3.43%, which, again, is one of the lowest in Africa, and in the world.
“Furthermore, virtually all the thirty-two (32) corona-related deaths, that have so far been recorded, were of persons with, what the doctors call, comorbidity; i.e. with other underlying causes and diseases.”
“Most of them died within twenty-four (24) hours of admission to hospital. May their souls rest in peace. It appears that, by the grace of God, Ghanaians are not dying of this virus in the numbers that were originally anticipated and feared”, the president added.
Low confirmed cases
Secondly, the president said, the “numbers of severe virus cases that have been hospitalised have been persistently low since the outbreak”, adding; “The fear that our hospitals would be overburdened, and, indeed, overwhelmed has, so far, again by the grace of God, not materialised. As we speak, there are sixteen (16) severe cases in six (6) hospitals across the country; none of them on a ventilator. We pray for their speedy recovery”.