16 COVID-19 cases imported since Ghana’s airports reopening
Sixteen persons have tested positive for the COVID-19 disease at the Kotoka International airport since its reopening.
This was disclosed by the Information Minister, Kojo Oppong Nkrumah at a press briefing on Wednesday.
He noted that the 16 confirmed cases were out of over 6,000 tests conducted so far on arriving travelers.
Giving updates on the surveillance report, the minister, Kojo Oppong Nkrumah, said four out of the 16 persons have been hospitalized but do not have severe symptoms.
He also said the rest are being managed from home.
As part of the stringent measures announced for the safe reopening of the airports, President Akufo-Addo said the returnees will be required to provide PCR test results produced within not more than 72 hours before traveling to Ghana.
They also will have to mandatorily take COVID-19 tests at the cost of $150.
The Deputy Health Minister, Dr. Okoe Boye, said the COVID-19 testing fee was a good bargain adding that “nothing is more expensive than contracting COVID-19 itself.”.
As of September 16, Ghana’s active cases stand at 564 with 45,655 confirmed cases.
The death toll stands at 294 while the recovery rate has risen to 44, 797.
Information Minister urged the general public to remain vigilant and adhere to all the safety protocols laid down by the Health Ministry.
“Despite the decline in active cases, the government continues to urge the general public not to get complacent,” he said.