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As politics takes the limelight; a look into the current state of the COVID-19 pandemic.

With the dying interest in stories regarding coronavirus in Ghana at a time that the country’s preparations for elections are getting into high gear, not much is in the news about the pandemic ravaging the world. As periodic information about the global disaster remains important for most aspects of public and private life, here is an update.

According to the World Health Organisation (WHO), the global confirmed case count for the Covid-19 pandemic currently rests at 18,902,735 as at August 7 with a death toll of 709,511 across 216 countries, areas and territories.

Updates from Worldometer, on the other hand, reports that the global death toll for the COVID-19 pandemic is now at 721,857 as at August 7, 2020, with 19,477,842 confirmed cases presently. 

Although the data varies slightly, it is clear that there is an increase in cases across the world. All is not lost however as 12,025,753 recoveries have also been recorded worldwide.

In Ghana specifically, infections continue to rise as confirmed counts reach 40,097  as of August 7, 2020, according to reports on the Ghana Health Service (GHS) website.

Recoveries and discharges are also at 36,638 and 206 deaths.  It is important to note that recoveries and discharges do not correlate even though reported as if they do. This is to say that an individual may be discharged without necessarily having recovered from the virus. This is because of the new discharge policy in effect since June 2020.

As stated by the President in his latest and 14th address to the nation on Covid-19, more and more restrictions have been eased in the country in the bid to restore some normalcy. All these changes are to take place with continued adherence to safety protocols.

Here are some of the changes:

  • Increase in church service duration from one to two hours and the restriction on the number of congregants worshipping at a time has been lifted as of August 1, 2020. This is to say that there is no limit to the number of congregants to be present in worship centres henceforth. However, the safety protocols, social distancing, mask-wearing, and handwashing and sanitizer usage remain. Well-ventilated service spaces are prescribed for worship periods. 
  • Opening of tourist destinations and open air drinking spots sites excluding nightclubs, pubs and the like.
  • Full capacity in transport vehicles like taxis, buses etc

See more here.

Conclusion:

COVID-19 is still an ongoing threat to every individual, regardless of age, colour, social status, or nationality, thus making the need for constant update essential, even as the country prepares for general elections. 

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