The president, Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo in his 9th address to the nation on COVID-19 stated that a total of 160,501 tests have been conducted.
“So, as at today, Sunday, 10th May, the country has conducted a total of 160,501 tests, with our total number of infections standing at 4,700,” he said.
The President explained that these tests have been done in stages:
“As at Wednesday, 6th May, a total of 135,902 tests had been conducted, with our country’s total number of confirmed cases standing, at the time, at 3,091, with 303 recoveries, and sadly, 18 deaths,” he added.
The president added that on Thursday, 7th May, more tests were conducted which included the backlogs from Noguchi Memorial Medical Centre.
“On Thursday, 7th May, 14, 046 more tests were conducted, and this included the clearing of the last set of backlogs.
Our total confirmed cases, then, rose to 4,012 positives, that is 921 new cases.
Our recoveries stood at 323, eight persons were critically ill, and deaths still at 18,” he added.
President Akufo-Addo reiterated that the new cases were from backlogs dating as far back as 26th April, 2020 and not necessarily over a 24-hour window.
He further explained that on Friday, 8th May, 2020, a total of 5,255 tests were conducted, with 251 positives and Saturday, 2,255 tests were conducted with 266 found to be positive.
On Sunday, 10th May, a total of 3,045 test have been conducted with 160 testing positive.
“For today, Sunday, a total of 3,045 tests have been done, with 160 testing positive.
These relatively lower daily numbers of infections are welcome, and reinforces the fact that the measures instituted to help reduce person-to-person contact, and help defeat the pandemic are working,” he said.
The president added that the total number of standing infections are 4,700 with 494 recoveries, five persons being critically ill and 4,179 persons responding to treatment.
He explained that the 22 persons dead had underlying illnesses such as hypertension, diabetes and chronic liver disease.