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Over 2,100 kids contracted coronavirus in Ghana: Report

Majority of children infected since March were under age of 14, according to rights group

Adam Abu-Bashal   | 19.11.2020
Over 2,100 kids contracted coronavirus in Ghana: Report

ABUJA

More than 2,100 children in Ghana have contracted COVID-19 since March, according to a report by a rights group.

Some, 2,180 children – 1,161 girls and 1,019 boys – in 589 regions of Ghana were found to be infected with the coronavirus from March until Nov. 9, said the report by Child Rights International (CRI) released on Tuesday.

A majority of the children – 1, 284 – were aged 14 or under, while 896 were between the ages of 15 and 17.

There were four deaths among the total number of children – three girls and one boy, all in the under-14 age group, according to the report.

Bright Appiah, executive director of CRI, said most of the infected children did not develop symptoms and were not admitted to hospitals.

The overall COVID-19 tally in Ghana currently stands at 50,457, including 323 deaths, according to the latest figures from the US’ John Hopkins University.

The pandemic has claimed over 1.35 million lives in 191 countries and regions since last December, the data shows.

More than 56.34 million people have been infected worldwide, with recoveries now over 36.23 million.

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