Ghana’s COVID-19 cases top 30,000

FILE PHOTO: Women wearing face masks chat at the Nima market as Ghana lifts partial lockdown amid the spread of COVID-19 in Accra, Ghana April 20, 2020. REUTERS/Francis Kokoroko/File Photo

Ghana’s confirmed COVID-19 cases have surpassed the 30,000 mark, making it just the fourth country in Africa to hit the figure.

Health authorities in the West African state announced 694 new infections in the 24 hours leading to Monday, taking the country’s total number to 30,366, with a death toll of 153.

Other than Ghana, only South Africa, Egypt and Nigeria have reported more than 30,000 confirmed COVID-19 infections.

Ghanaian authorities have deployed security personnel across the country to enforce the wearing of face masks in public, in a bid to curb the further community spread of the pandemic.

The country however remains optimistic that it will hold a general election in December as scheduled.

Ahead of that poll, voter registration started on 30 June as President Nana Akufo-Ado seeks to avoid a constitutional crisis that would arise from his stay in power beyond January as mandated.

The 76-year-old has been nominated by the ruling New Patriotic Party to seek re-election in the December vote, setting up a third consecutive head-to-head battle against former President John Dramani Mahama.