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Ghana’s COVID-19 death toll now 656

At least nine more persons have died of COVID-19 pushing Ghana’s death toll to 656, a Ghana Health Service (GHS) update revealed.

The country’s active cases now stand at 4,728  after 272 new coronavirus cases were confirmed at the laboratories.

As at 5 March 2021, the GHS reports that the country’s total confirmed cases increased to 86, 737 out of which 81, 299 have recovered.

So far, 66 persons are in severe condition while 25 remain critical, according to GHS. Cases detected at the Kotoka International Airport (KIA) are 1,251 with 1,122 recoveries.

Breakdown of regional cases: 

Greater Accra Region – 48,466

Ashanti Region – 14,965

Western Region – 5,478

Eastern Region – 3,904

Central Region – 3,047

Volta Region – 2,111

Northern Region – 1,458

Bono East Region – 1,237

Upper East Region – 1,232

Bono Region – 1,105

Western North Region – 808

Ahafo Region – 666

Upper West Region – 444

Oti Region – 308

North East Region – 160

Savannah Region – 97

Non-vaccine takers won’t be sanctioned

Meanwhile, the government has denied media reports that it intends passing laws to sanction Ghanaians who refuse to take the COVID-19 vaccine, a statement from the Information Ministry said.

“The said reportage is false. Government has neither taken nor announced any such decision,” the statement stressed.

It added: “The general public is advised to ignore such false publications. Ghanaians are, however, encouraged to take the vaccine to reduce the risk of severe COVID-19 illness.”

Ghana’s full vaccination programme started on 2 March after high-profile personalities including President Nana Akufo-Addo and vice-president Dr. Mahamudu Bawumia and their spouses took their jabs publicly.

The country has received over 650,000 vaccines through the UN-backed COVAX facility and the government of India.

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