Nine more patients have succumbed to the COVID-19 disease, according to the Ghana Health Service (GHS), increasing the country’s death toll to 248.
The nine deaths, recorded in three regions; Bono- 4; Eastern- 3 and Volta- 2, all but two suffered underlying health conditions, including; hypertension, heart failure, diabetes, pneumonia, and asthma.
In addition, the active cases in the country had risen to 1,949, from a previous 1,847 as on Monday 17 August.
These cases, the GHS said, were being managed throughout the country at treatment sites, isolation centers, while some were under house management.
A total of 40,796 people had recovered and discharged clinically, so far.
The latest update by the health management body of the country via a designated website also reported that there were 340 new cases of infection registered, taking the total number of cases in the country to 42,993.
The latest infections came from experiments carried out on 16 August.
They were registered in nine regions with Greater Accra recording the highest 157; Ashanti- 81 and Central- 28 infections.
Other regions included: Western-25; Western North-18; Eastern-12; Bono East-10; and Five and Four respectively, Ahafo and Volta.
Sixteen cases with six patients in critical conditions and three on ventilators were considered serious.
For the total confirmed cases, 16,754 were from the General Surveillance; the report said, with 26,239 cases from the Enhanced Contact Tracing.
There have been a total of 428,695 tests so far.
Of this, 156,245 were from Routine Surveillance, with Contact Tracing 272,450 from.
The rate of positivity is at 10.0.
The new infections brought the total cases of Greater Accra to 21,369, accounting for nearly 50 percent of the national total.
The areas of Ashanti, Western, and Eastern had a case count of 10,650; 2,924 and 2,109 respectively.
The remainder is:
Bono East Region – 730
Volta Region – 646
Western North Region – 598
Ahafo Region – 490
Northern Region – 489
Bono Region- 480
Upper East Region – 282
Oti Region- 229
Upper West Region – 88
Savannah Region – 62
North East Region – 18