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COVID-19 cases in Western Region Spikes

COVID-19 cases in Western Region Spikes

Ghana
A team of doctors, nurses and physiotherapists take care of critical patients from Covid-19 in the ICU of the Vila Nova Cachoeirinha hospital, in the north of São Paulo, on May 12, 2020.This Monday (May 18) Brazil became the third country with the most cases of the disease caused by the new coronavirus, with 255,368 cases of Covid-19. The number of deaths, which continues to increase, reached 16,853 (Photo by Gustavo Basso/NurPhoto via Getty Images)

Western Region Director of the Ghana Veterinary Services, Dr. Simon Gbene, has stated that the region has recorded high positive cases of the deadly coronavirus pandemic.

Dr. Simon Gbene, who is also the supervisor for the Takoradi testing center told Samuel Kojo Brace of Skyy Power FM in an interview that, the center is currently recording a high coronavirus positive rate of about 30 percent daily.

According to Dr. Simon Gbene, the high rate of positive cases in the region is a result of the increased infections in air-conditioned environments.

“Currently, although the figures for daily samples are not as huge as they used to be, positivity is going up. For instance, an institution, which I cannot disclose its name due to patient confidentiality, brought us 75 samples and 22 were positive.”

That is a huge positivity rate which is almost 30 percent, and we have had cases like that where institutions want to test and the numbers are huge. One of the main reasons is because, in an air-conditioned environment, it really increases the infectivity rate.” Dr. Simon Gbene noted.

Dr. Gbene was reacting to the wake of the worldwide second wave of the virus which has resulted in many advanced countries shutting down.

According to him, even though the positive cases are on the rise, the daily testing samples are on the low.

“We have so far tested around 10,000 samples at Takoradi Veterinary Laboratory. But the number of tests is on the low because we are now testing symptomatic cases that are reported to the hospitals and referred to us. If there are positives, then we look at their contacts.” Dr. Simon Gbene noted.

Written by Kweku Eshun

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