COVID-19: Ghana’s death toll now 1,052

At least five more persons have died of COVID-19 pushing Ghana’s death toll to 725, the Ghana Health Service (GHS) has announced.

At least five more persons have died of COVID-19 pushing Ghana’s death toll to 725, the Ghana Health Service (GHS) has announced.

The country’s active cases now stand at 6,940 after 449  new coronavirus cases were added to the national tally after laboratory confirmation.

As of 30 August 2021, the GHS reports that the country’s total confirmed cases stand at 120,452  out of which 112,460 have recovered.

So far, 147 persons are in severe condition while 60 remain critical, according to GHS. Cases detected at the Kotoka International Airport (KIA) are 2,668 with 2,521 recoveries.

Breakdown of regional cases: 

Greater Accra Region – 64,720

Ashanti Region – 20,164

Western Region – 6,756

Eastern Region – 6,081

Volta Region – 4,510

Central Region – 4,259

Bono East Region – 2,411

Bono Region – 2,046

Northern Region – 1,704

Upper East Region – 1,370

Ahafo Region – 1,030

Western North Region – 956

Oti Region – 759

Upper West Region – 575

North East Region – 256

Savannah Region – 187

Ghana receives 244,800 extra doses of the Johnson & Johnson vaccine

Meanwhile, the government of Ghana has received additional 244,800 doses of the Johnson & Johnson COVID-19 vaccine, through the African Vaccine Acquisition Trust (AVAT) mechanism established by the African Union and supported by the World Bank.
“This is welcome news as it will ensure the smooth continuation of the ongoing vaccination campaign. UNICEF continues to be a committed partner in facilitating the transportation of the vaccines to Ghana,” the UN agency responsible for providing humanitarian and developmental aid to children worldwide said in a Facebook post.

In total, Ghana has received 422,400 Johnson & Johnson (J&J) vaccines through the AVAT and other sources.

A representative of the AVAT, Ama Amoah, presented the vaccine to the Chief Director of the Ministry of Health, Kwabena Boadu Oku-Afari, at the Kotoka International Airport, reports the website of the state-owned Daily Graphic.

Oku-Afari said the consignment was the second batch of the Johnson & Johnson vaccine Ghana had taken delivery of, after the first consignment of 177,600 doses.

According to him, Ghana was expected to receive 16,918,749 doses of the vaccine under the AVAT, which would be carried out periodically.

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