Dr John Amuasi of Kumasi Centre for Collaborative Research in Tropical Medicine, Kumasi (KCCR) says Ghana having a lot of asymptomatic COVID-19 patients is a big disadvantage.
Dr Amuasi says it is good Ghana has people who are not showing signs of the sickness which means most people will survive but there is a big disadvatage to that.
He said since most people are not showing symptoms of COVID-19 there is a possibility they will infect others easily without knowing.
“There are pros and cons to having a number of your people being asymptomatic patients, if we continue to have many patients being asymptomatic that means we are going to have a lot of people who have the virus but are fine but the disadvantage is that asymptomatic people can spread the virus really fast,” he said on Joy FM.
There have been reports that most COVID-19 patients in Ghana are asymptomatic hence we have not recorded more deaths.
As at Sunday May 10, 2020 Ghana had conducted 160,501 tests and with total infections of 4,700 and 494 recoveries. The number of people who have died at 22 deaths.
President Akufo-Addo also extended the ban on public gathering to May 31, 2020.
Delivering his ninth national address on the government’s fight against COVID-19, he said the closure of schools and ban on public gatherings imposed serious challenges to Ghanaians but he was appreciative of the acceptance of Ghanaians of the measures.
He said while the ban has created a lot of inconvenience for many Ghanaians, “we have no option but to stay focused.”