Some twenty Ghanaians have reportedly died from the ravaging coronavirus in the United States, Ghana’s mission in the country has announced.
According to Mr Kofi Tonto, an official at the Embassy’s Public Affairs Department, figures dropping in from various sources indicate that these are the number of Ghanaians who have succumbed to the virus in New York and New Jersey alone, as at the last count.
“At our last count, we were about 20 people…The number I am referring to are persons or Ghanaians who have passed away through Covid-19 in New York and New Jersey,” he said.
Mr Tonto, however, added that these are not official figures from the hospitals but were gathered through informant sources within the Ghanaian communities as the Embassy is yet to receive official data on the death toll of Ghanaians in the country.
“We do know of Ghanaians who have passed and we continue to gather data. Unfortunately, because of some health regulations you don’t get the data as to know whether this is Ghanaian or otherwise.”
“What we rely on is people within the Ghanaian community informing us of folks who have been affected either by contracting the disease or folks who have unfortunately passed away. This isn’t data from hospital, this is data based on what we gather from the various communities,” he disclosed Monday morning.