Children aged between 22 months and 11 are contracting the coronavirus in Ghana’s third wave of infection, health officials have said.
Speaking on Asaase Radio’s The Big Bulletin on Tuesday, Frank Owusu-Sekyere, who is in charge of the Ghana Medical Association’s COVID-19 team for the Greater Accra Region, said three out of five children admitted to the Korle-Bu Teaching Hospital since the start of the new wave of infections have died from the virus.
He said the Delta variant is the cause of the new trend in the nation’s capital, Accra, and increasingly it is affecting young people.
“More of the COVID-19 cases are affecting children. That is not something we saw in the first and second waves. The third wave is visiting children a bit more and that is a bit worrying.
“At least we’ve seen about five or six cases and unfortunately we’ve lost about three of them to COVID-19,” he told the host of The Big Bulletin, Beatrice Adu.
“Occasionally, you will see one, but unfortunately we’re seeing a lot more.”
At least 451 new cases of the coronavirus have been confirmed by the Ghana Health Service (GHS), pushing the country’s total active case count to 6,922.
The death toll has hit 874 after six additional fatalities were recorded across the country, an update on the GHS COVID-19 dashboard shows.
As of 6 August 2021, Ghana’s total confirmed cases stood at 108,677. Health officials had recorded 100,875 recoveries.
According to the Ghana Health Service, the month of July recorded the highest number of COVID-19 cases among international arrivals since Kotoka International Airport opened on 1 September 2020.