Ghana’s COVID-19 death toll has crossed the 1000 mark. The figure is currently at 1,001.
This was captured on Ghana’s COVID-19 dashboard managed by the Ghana Health Service (GHS) and updated on Saturday, August 28, 2021.
The country has also recorded 596 new cases of the virus thus pushing the active case count to 7,016.
Out of this, 148 and 61 are in severe and critical conditions respectively.
Since the outbreak of the pandemic in Ghana on March 12, 2020, a total of 117,636 cases have been recorded in the country.
Some 109,612 persons who contracted the virus have also recovered over the period.
The Ghana Health Service is expected to begin inoculating persons who are yet to receive the second dose of the AstraZeneca vaccines early next week.
The Service on August 18, 2021, took delivery of some 249,000 doses of the vaccines from the UK government to support its vaccination drive.
Programs Manager of the Expanded Programme on Immunization at the Ghana Health Service, Dr. Kwame Amponsa-Achiano however, said priority will be given to frontline health workers and vulnerable persons who have already taken their first jab.
“We are working towards commencing the vaccination exercising by early next week. We want to first clear the Johnson and Johnson vaccines in the country.”
“We have the data on how many are due for the second dose. We will not allow those who have not taken the first dose to take the second. Also, attention will be given to the vulnerable ones first, thus the frontline health workers will be vaccinated first.”
AstraZeneca was the first vaccine to arrive in Ghana earlier this year when the country heightened its efforts to defeat COVID-19.
Out of the about 800,000 people to have been vaccinated with AstraZeneca, nearly half of the number is yet to get the second jab.
Meanwhile, a section of the population have been vaccinated with the Johnson & Johnson vaccine, which arrived in the country last month under the African Union’s African Vaccine Acquisition Trust initiative.