A Deputy Health Minister-Designate, Dr. Bernard Okoe Boye says the decision to lift the lockdown or extend it will be dependent on the number of cases recorded in the country.
Government has imposed a partial lockdown on the Greater Accra and Greater Kumasi Metropolitan Areas as parts of efforts to stop the spread of the novel coronavirus disease in the country.
While answering questions from Members of Parliament during his vetting today, Dr. Okoe Boye said: “If after the lockdown, you have a curve that is rising or that are going up, then you have to either maintain your measures or escalate them.”
“So if you have a partial lockdown and at the time you imposed that lockdown you had only 400 cases and now with the partial lockdown, your cases have increased to 2,000 obviously, you must be interested in where the cases are coming from. You’d want to know the source of the cases whether they were imported cases or person to person (communal). But if you look at our situation now, we have 636 cases but the numbers that are adding on, are not necessarily new cases but are old samples and are due to the limit in our testing capacity.”
“So some of the positive cases now are actually samples taken a week or two ago…So after all these are done and the net graph you are having is a graph that is not at the top…then you try to ease your measures but if your graph is pointing upwards then you don’t have to be hasty in lowering your measures but rather keep your measures or escalate them so everything will be driven by the science of it.”
Ghana’s confirmed cases of COVID-19
Ghana’s COVID-19 case count has risen to 636.
The Ghana Health Service confirmed on Tuesday, April 14, 2020, that 70 new cases of Coronavirus have been recorded in the country.
Out of the confirmed cases, Ghana has eight deaths and 17 recoveries.