The Ashanti Region has recorded a case of the youngest COVID-19 confirmed patient, as the figures in the region soared by 10 more to 163 in one week.
The youngest is a 10-year-old patient whose case has been confirmed, while the oldest patient is 83 years.
At the weekly media briefing, the Ashanti Regional Director of the Ghana Health Service (GHS), Dr Emmanuel Tenkorang, said of the number of confirmed cases, 44 per cent were aged between 10 and 29 years, an indication that the belief that the virus thrived more in older people than in the youth was a myth.
Of the 163 confirmed cases, 56 per cent are males, with the remaining 44 per cent being females.
“The youngest case we have had here is 10 years old and the oldest 83 years. Some 37 people have so far recovered and three are currently on admission. The number of contacts that we are actively following as of now is 54,” he indicated.
He said given the number of districts that had recorded confirmed cases, the GHS had to intensify tracing, testing and isolation to be able to contain the disease.
As a first measure, he said, there would be mass screening of people considered as the high-risk group — people who come into contact with many people in a day, including traders and drivers — to be able to do a lot more testing for possible isolation of those who would test positive.
He said the service was also to scale-up its routine surveillance to be able to track and deal with all persons who might be carriers of the disease but might not know it.
So far, 817 contact tracings had been done, with 763 discharged, he noted.
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