The Presidential Advisor on Health, Dr Anthony Nsiah Asare has dispelled assertions that 3 million Ghanaians will be infected by the deadly coronavirus before Ghana reaches its peak. According to him, such claims attributed to him is false.
“I want to just make it very short that it’s not true that Ghana will have three million people infected before we’ll reach the peak. It’s not true. We’ll never see that. Because as we speak now, the number of deaths in the country is nine. If you calculate it according to the percentage of the number of people who are infected, it’s 0.7%. So it’s nowhere near 5%. If you look at the number of tests we have done so far, we have 1,154 positives which are about 1.5% positivity of people that have been tested. And even if you look at the negative range, it’s about 98.5%. So we will never get near the WHO hypothesis,” he insisted.
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Dr Nsiah Asare was quoted by various news outlets as saying that a model generated for coronavirus infections in Ghana projects that 10% of the population is likely to test positive. “We expect that about 10% of the population may be infected and out of the 10% of the population 80% may not show signs or symptoms at all and 5% of them will be very ill, that is the projection,” he was quoted as saying.
But speaking at the Special COVID-19 press briefing in Accra today, Dr Asare said his assertion was taken out of context. “I gave a hypothesis that WHO put out which is based on the population of the country. And I said that if Ghana stays without doing anything at all, that is what will happen to us as a country; 10% of the population being infected and 20% getting sick and about 5% getting very seriously ill. But I said that that is not the case in Africa. Based on the facts and data that we have, we have realized that our actual figures are far below what WHO has quoted. And it’s because we’ve put a lot of things in place to prevent the spread,” he emphasized.
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Ghana’s confirmed cases of the dreaded coronavirus has jumped from 1,042 to 1,154 after the country recorded 112 new cases. 120 persons have recovered and have been discharged.