Seventy-nine per cent of all the new COVID-19 cases fuelling Ghanaâ€™s third wave are of the Delta variant, the Director-General of the Ghana Health Service (GHS), Dr Patrick Kuma-Aboagye, has revealed.
The total tests done so far is 1,459,845 with an overall positivity rate of 7.3 per cent, Dr Kuma-Aboagye told journalists at a press briefing organised by the Information Ministry on Wednesday, 4 August 2021 that as of 1 August, â€œwe have confirmed a total of 106,434â€.
The total number of recoveries is 98,814, he said.
So far, a total of 854 have died.
According to him, before the third wave, the death toll was 817.
Dr Kuma-Aboagye said the trajectory of the active cases is â€œsteepâ€ and â€œworryingâ€.
â€œThat tells us in the last few weeks, we have increased our cases from 1,600 to 6,766 in one monthâ€, he illustrated.
â€œThereâ€™s been a very steep rise in the active cases in the last two weeksâ€, he noted.
Also, he said: â€œWe are having increasing hospitalisation and deathsâ€.
Additionally, he observed: â€œWe are having emerging hotspots outside Accra and Kumasiâ€.
Volta, Bono and Bono East regions, he noted, are the new hotspots.
â€œWe also have workplace and school outbreaks taking placeâ€, he noted.
Dr Kuma-Aboagye bemoaned the â€œtotal disregard to the use of face masks by the general populationâ€.
â€œAnd, unfortunately, the Delta variant has become the dominant variant as we speak now, especially in the Greater Accraâ€.
â€œThe third wave is on its way upâ€¦ thereâ€™s a steep riseâ€, he added and put it down to non-adherence to protocols, the huge unvaccinated population and non-adherence to home isolation protocols.