At least 345 new coronavirus cases have been confirmed by the Ghana Health Service (GHS) pushing the country’s active cases to 6,765.
The death toll has hit 892 after twelve additional fatalities were recorded across the country, an update on the GHS COVID-19 dashboard reveals.
As at 7 August 2021, Ghana’s total confirmed cases stand at 109,022. Currently, health officials have recorded 101,365 recoveries.
So far, 87 persons are in severe condition while 36 remain critical, according to GHS. Cases detected at the Kotoka International Airport (KIA) are 2,430 with 2, 187 recoveries.
According to the Ghana Health Service, the month of July recorded the highest number of COVID-19 cases among international arrivals since the airport opened on 1 September 2020.
Delta variant kills three children in Accra
Meanwhile 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.”
However, Owusu-Sekyere commended the Greater Accra Regional Minister, Henry Quartey, for taking steps to enforce the safety protocols, stressing that this is the best way to bring the spread of the virus under control.