The Vice President of the Republic of Ghana, Dr. Mahamudu Bawumia has launched the GH COVID-19 Tracker App to help boost the government’s fight against the novel coronavirus disease in Ghana.
The App was launched today April 13, 2020.
The main purpose of the App is to help the government in identifying and tracing persons who have come into contact with persons infected with COVID-19.
Although not yet available on the Android Playstore and iOS app store, you can download the app from the download link below.
Government says it will make the App available on all app stores within the week.
During the App launch, Dr. Bawumia said, “It will help us easily track people with the virus, [and] those who have had contact with others. It is also useful in quarantine reliability, in case certain individuals need self-quarantine.”
He said Ghana is one of the few countries to deploy such a tracker to chase the virus. Dr. Bawumia also urged Ghanaians to utilize the App.
“We are ahead of the countries such as the USA and UK in this and we are also pursuing a strategy of aggressive testing. In terms of testing of the Coronavirus, Ghana, on the basis of the available data we have, is in the top 20 of countries in the world and on the basis of this data too, in Africa, we are number one per capita in terms of testing. In terms of numbers of tests, South Africa is number one and we are second but in terms of testing per capita in terms of testing per our population, we are leading in the continent.”
“We have tested 37,954 people and if you look at Africa alone, the data seems to show the total number of tests is under 10,000 and Ghana has tested 37,954 of the said number and we’ve increased the testing centres to six but what is significant with Ghana’s approach is we are chasing the virus and trying to get ahead of it,” he added.
The App will help track telephone numbers of people who have recently been to certain countries around the world. The Ghana Immigration Service (GIS) will use the information to determine who to provide an extra layer of screening.
The App will also help in checking for COVID-19 symptoms and pertinent risk factors. It will as well answer COVID-19 questions and provide digital assistance.
COVID-19 cases in Ghana hit 566
Ghana has 566 cases of COVID-19 with eight deaths and four recoveries.
This comes after the Ghana Health Service confirmed 158 new cases on Sunday, April 12, 2020.
So far 10 out of 16 regions have recorded COVID-19 cases.