Schools Likely To Be Closed As 40 Students Test Positive For Covid-19

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A private school at Akosombo in the Asuogyaman District of the Eastern Region has recorded 40 cases of Covid-19, confirms.

The report stated that the new cases were revealed by Dr. Winfred Ofosu, the Regional Director of the Ghana Health Service (GHS) in the region although he refused to give the name of the school.

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Dr. Ofosu indicated that most of the cases recorded were among students and staff who visited various health facilities within the constituency.

In an interview with JoyNews’ Maxwell Kudekor, the Regional Director added that while the number is alarming, all the students are asymptomatic and are responding well to treatment.

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“Most cases are from communities and from those who visit the hospitals,  but all the children are doing well and they are mostly asymptomatic and they are isolating. Our team is working with the school authority so that everything goes on well,” he said.

He explained that a total of 500 samples were taken from the school out of which 40 students tested positive.

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Dr. Winfred Ofosu advised Ghanaians to avoid mass gathering and group eating since most people are asymptomatic.

According to him, the Ghana Health Service is doing its best to contain the spread of the virus but residents have a greater role to play in protecting themselves.

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President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo has said the government may be forced to reintroduce restrictions including a lockdown if Ghana’s COVID-19 cases continually increase in his last address.

He said, although the government is against the idea of a lockdown due to its negative impact on the economy, it might resort to that if the rate of spread increases.

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“We do not want to go back to the days of partial lockdowns which had a negative impact on our economy and way of life. But should that become necessary, and should the number of active cases continue to increase at the current rate, I will have no option than to reimpose these restrictions because it is better to be safe than to be sorry. So together, let us all ensure that we respect the protocols,” the President said in his 22nd update on government’s enhanced responsive measures against the outbreak.

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Although the president in his last address, stated that cases have not been reported in schools but this latest news might suggest other wise. With this happening, it is likely for the President to close down schools to avoid the spread of the virus.