Over 2000 children contracted COVID-19 in Ghana – Research

Most children infected were asymptomatic

Over 2000 children contracted COVID-19 in Ghana – Research

A study conducted by Child Rights International (CRI), a non-governmental organisation has indicated that over 2,000 contracted COVID-19 in Ghana.

According to research, children between the ages of 0 to 18 tested positive for COVID-19.

However, most of the children who had contracted the dosease were asymptomatic, the Executive Director of the NGO, Bright Appiah disclosed.

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The research conducted sampled 589 communities, towns, and cities, in addition to nationwide data on COVID-19 provided by the Ghana Health Service (GHS).

Mr Appiah said "The nationwide data shows that from March 11 to November 9, 2020, out of 49,202 who contracted the COVID-19 virus, 2,180 children below 18 years have contracted the virus representing 4.43% of the total contraction rate in Ghana.

"Majority of them are girls but if you also look at those who have died as a result of COVID, the majority of them are boys. So that is the outlook of COVID situation in Ghana and what we have not determined is whether or not children have the capacity or are potential spreaders or transmitters of the COVID to their age cohorts or to the vulnerable." he added as quoted by Pulsegh.