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Saturday, May 9, 2020

Ghana records highest number of Covid-19 cases in West Africa

Ghana has the highest number of confirmed cases of coronavirus in West Africa.

According to data obtained by THEWATCH NEWS from the World Health Organisation, no fewer than 4,012 people have tested positive for COVID-19 in Ghana.

The country witnessed increased cases of the virus after lifting a three-week lockdown in its two major cities on April 20.

President Nana Akufo-Addo of Ghana cited improved coronavirus testing and the “severe” impact of the restrictions on the poor and vulnerable for lifting the lockdown in the country.

Ghana overtook Nigeria as the country with the highest COVID-19 cases after its total cases jumped by nearly 30 per cent in a single day.

The overall number of cases in Ghana rose to 4,012, including 18 deaths, from 3,091 on Thursday.

The country recorded 921 cases within 24 hours, barely 18 days after easing its lockdown.

A graph showing COVID-19 cases in Ghana. Source: WHO Africa.

At present, South Africa with 8,895 COVID-19 cases has the highest number of infections in Africa, followed by Algeria with 5,369 cases; Ghana – 4,012; Nigeria – 3,912; Cameroon – 2,265; Guinea 2,009; Côte d’Ivoire – 1,602; Senegal – 1,551; Democratic Republic of the Congo – 937; Niger – 795; Burkina Faso- 736; Mali – 668; Kenya – 621; and Gabon also has 620 cases.

THEWATCH NEWS gathered that Nigeria’s coronavirus cases rose to 3,912 after President Muhammadu Buhari, ordered a gradual easing of lockdown in the FCT, Lagos and Ogun States on May 4.

However, President Buhari had on March 29 imposed a 14-day lockdown in the FCT, Lagos and Ogun to contain the spread of the virus.

COVID-19 cases in Africa as of 11.50am on May 9, 2020. Source: WHO Africa.
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