The Ashanti Region of Ghana has confirmed 39 fresh cases of the novel coronavirus, shooting the region’s tally up from 124 to 163.
A greater number of the new cases according to the region’s health authorities are asymptomatic.
The new figures are however yet to be captured in the Ghana Health Service’s data on its official dedicated website for the country’s COVID-19 situation.
This means that Ghana’s case count until the new cases are added officially, is still 2,719 with 294 recoveries and 18 casualties. Active cases remain 1,407. More patients are however expected to soon recover in the coming days which will cause a further drop in the active figures.
Announcing the new cases at a news conference in Kumasi Wednesday, May 6, 2020, the Ashanti Regional Director of Health, Dr. Emmanuel Tenkorang observed that more males are getting infected with the disease than females, declaring the ratio as 56% to 44%.
“We started from 13th March with just a single case and by the time we got to the 12th April we recorded as many as 14 cases on a single day. This period coincided with the lockdown period as we will remember. And as you can see, just two days ago when the results came, we had as many as 33 positive cases among them.”
“So as you can see, as we ramped up the testing, the number of positive cases also increased and as you can see, it has been rising over the period and currently we have 163 cases up there. So it has been increasing over a period, he said.
Dr. Tenkorang added that “because of the huge backlog of samples at KCCR and the fact that we were doing mass testing, most of the samples that we picked were people who were asymptomatic or they were not complaining of any symptoms at all.”
“Within Ashanti Region, more males are getting the infections compared to females; 56% and 44% for females and this is similar to the national picture and indeed it is also similar to the global picture,” he explained.