Government Of Ghana Readies Mobile App To Boost COVID-19 Contact Tracing Process

Ever since the first case of Coronavirus was recorded and reported till date, the world has struggled to find a permanent measure for its eradication.

In this regard, the Government of Ghana has made several decisions in the interest and protection of the citizens, one of such will be the soon to launched of mobile application on Monday, April 13th, 2020 in collaboration with a group of Technology experts. This step is to boost the contact tracing procedure and speed it up to help curb the spread.

The mobile application has been marked by experts as very friendly to download and use. It will be made available on Android and iOS devices after its launch is originally intended for productivity assistance which will augment the state’s efforts in the fight against the global pandemic.

Furthermore, at the launch, the experts will also train people to find their way around the App and give an insight of who can use the App.

As at 7th April 2020, 23:30 hr, a total of 313 cases of COVID-19 with six (6) deaths have been recorded. The regional distribution of the cases are as follows: Greater Accra Region has most cases (274) followed by the Ashanti Region (25), Northern Region (10), Upper West Region (1), Eastern Region (1), Upper East Region (1) and Central Region (1).

A total of 161 cases were reported from the routine surveillance, 37 from enhanced surveillance activities and those from travellers under mandatory quarantine in both Accra and Tamale are 115. Enhanced contact tracing and testing is ongoing in Ghana and has resulted in an increased number of confirmed COVID-19 cases.

The period for mandatory quarantine for travellers who arrived 21-22 March 2020 has ended. In all, a total of 1,030 travellers were quarantined during the period. Out of these, 79 (7.7%) were positive during the initial testing whilst 951 were negative. Twenty-six (26) among those that were initially negative were found to have converted to be positive at the exit screening, bringing to a total of 105 which constitutes 10.2% among the travellers that were quarantined.

With regards to enhanced contact tracing and testing, as at 7th April 2020, a total of 11,016 samples from contacts have been processed and 37 (0.34%) have been confirmed positive for COVID-19.

 

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