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178 COVID-19 cases confirmed in JHS, SHS across the country – Deputy Health Minister

Deputy Minister of Health, Dr Bernard Oko Boye, has disclosed One hundred and seventy-eight cases of COVID-19 have been confirmed both in the junior and senior high schools, with eight recoveries already recorded.

Speaking on the floor of Parliament, He said all the confirmed cases were in good shape with either no symptoms or were in mild states.

“With over one million students, teachers and non-teachers involved in the reopening of schools, the percentage of infection stands at 0.0178. This is a rate that demands adherence to government protocols and not closure of schools,” he stated.

Presenting a statement on COVID-19 situations in the country on behalf of the Minister of Health, Dr Oko Boye said, “there is absolutely no reason to close down schools because of recorded COVID-19 cases.”

He was responding to the call for the closure of all senior high schools (SHSs) due to positive cases recorded when schools re-opened.

Dr Oko Boye said disease epidemiology and health management would reveal that with Ghana’s positivity rate standing at seven per cent based on the tests the government had done so far, seven people on the average, were likely to be picked as positive cases for people tested in the country.

“A confirmed case anywhere, including SHSs is a reminder that the virus is around us and hence the need to take the protocols seriously,” he said.

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