PART 6: CORONA-METER WEEKLY UPDATE. JUDGE FOR YOURSELF
BY PROF DOUGLAS BOATENG
WORLDWIDE PERSPECTIVE: As at May 2, globally, (a) the three million (3 481 382) total recorded Coronavirus (SAR-COV-2) infection cases equate to 0,045% of the 7.9 billion global population; (b) the approximately fifty thousand (50 861) recorded serious and critical cases as a percentage of the known infection cases is 1,46% and reducing; (c) the approximately two hundred and forty thousand (244 663) recorded unfortunate deaths as a percentage of the global population is 0,00314% and not significantly rising; (d) the approximately two hundred and forty thousand (244 663) recorded deaths as a percentage of recorded infection cases is 7,03% and showing a downward trend; (e) the approximately fifty thousand (50 861) recorded serious and critical cases as a percentage of the global population is 0,00065% and not showing a significant upward trajectory; and (f) the approximately one million (1 108 297) recovered cases as a percentage of recorded infections now stands at 31,83% and rapidly rising. It is also expected to relatively surge within the next 30 days.
PERSPECTIVES ON GHANA: For the record, between February 1st 2020 and May 2nd 2020:
(i) 2169 Coronavirus infections were recorded in Ghana. This represents 0.0045% of the latest total population (31.07m. Feb 2020) of Ghana. Of these infection cases eighteen (18) Ghanaians have sadly died from the COVID-19 disease. These deaths are relatively significant because of the impact each death will have on the 18 affected families. We must however note that it represents 0.83% of the recorded infection cases.
(ii) We should also respectfully note that the eighteen (18) deaths as a percentage of the total population of Ghana as at May 2nd is 0,0001%.
(iii) The four (4) recorded serious and critical cases as a percentage of the Ghanaian population and as a percentage of recorded infection cases is currently 0,00001% and 0.184% respectively.
(iv) The recovery total has risen to 229 within the same period representing 10.56% of recorded infections.
All indications point to a significant increase in the recovery numbers within the next 21 days.
CONCLUSION: Coronavirus (SAR-COV-2) is unquestionably a highly infectious novel virus with the associated COVID-19 disease certainly being lethal, especially among the aged and vulnerable. The cunning and elusive beast has managed to bring the entire globe, several industries and associated supply chains to its knees – funeral, church services, hotels, underfunded public health, tourism, small business, aviation, restaurants, cinemas, sports, other hospitality sectors, etc. have all been affected. Our success in containing the virus and the associated disease to help restore some new form of normalcy, as rightly and repeatedly opined by President Nana Akufo Addo and other global leaders and experts, is the constant need for a vigilant and determined “citizens army” prepared to strictly adhere to the clearly defined rules for wining this very complicated war. The ultimate victory will thus depend on each one of us remaining disciplined and fully focused on the goal.