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COVID-19: Gov’t directs all public laboratories to provide free testing

The Ministry of Health has directed that all public COVID-19 testing laboratories providing walk-in services should charge only travelers for COVID-19 testing.

A statement issued and signed by Kwabena Boadu Oku-Afari, acting chief director of the Ministry of Health said all other walk-in requests such as ill-health, contact tracing, and exposure must be done free of charge using public health resources.

Read the full statement below:

Arrest

At least 31 people have been arrested by the police in Damongo in the Savannah Region for not wearing face masks, the police have confirmed.

The suspected lawbreakers – 29 males and two females – were found flouting the mandatory wearing of face masks as directed by President Akufo-Addo in his latest address to the nation on COVID-19. The culprits were each made to buy a mask from the police after their arrest.

Speaking to the media after the arrests, the deputy Savannah regional police commander, DCOP Ebenezer Larbi, warned residents always to wear face masks, to avoid the spread of COVID-19.

He further said that the police will question the individuals who were arrested and will grant them bail after they have been cautioned.

Case update

At least 616 new cases of the novel coronavirus disease have been confirmed, taking Ghana’s active case count to 3,813, the Ghana Health Service (GHS) is reporting. The total number of confirmed cases since March 2020 now stands at 62,751.

Five more individuals have died from COVID-19, raising the death toll to 377 since the last update, the official GHS website says.

Officially, 58,561 recoveries have been recorded.

Regional cases

Greater Accra – 36,205

Ashanti – 11,827

Western – 3,380

Eastern – 2,735

Central – 2,228

Volta – 886

Bono East – 802

Western North – 695

Bono – 654

Northern – 635

Upper East – 577

Ahafo – 539

Oti – 246

Upper West – 171

Savannah – 63

North East – 25

 

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