An Accra Girls’ Senior High School teacher and the spouse have both tested positive for COVID-19, bringing the total case count in the school to eight, according to a joint statement issued by the Ghana Education Service and Ghana Health Service.
“The Ghana Education Service (GES) received reports of suspected cases of COVID-19 from some second-cycle institutions, including Accra Girls’ Senior High school”, the statement said.
“The Ghana Health Service was subsequently notified of the situation”, it added.
“As of 6 July 2020, six (6) students, a teacher and spouse have been confirmed as positive for COVID-19 in Accra Girls Senior High School”, the statement explained.
The two bodies said all eight patients have been isolated at a treatment centre for management.
Additionally, the statement said: “All contacts of the confirmed cases have been identified and separated from non-contacts” while “testing of all contacts of confirmed cases has started”.
Also, “the school authorities, with the support of the assembly, are in the process of disinfecting the affected dormitories”.
Furthermore, “the school has put in measures to ensure strict adherence to social distancing and other COVID-19 safety measures”.
The statement noted that there is continuous public education sessions for staff, students and parents on COVID-19.
On Monday morning, the students picketed the school, as part of their efforts to put pressure on the management to allow them to go home following initial reports that six of their colleagues had contracted COVID-19.
The anxious and fear-gripped students clustered and massed up at the school’s premises waiting for their worried parents to come and convey them home.
Police officers had to storm the school’s premises to restore calm.
The students, who gathered outside their classrooms, kept chanting: “We’ll go home.”
Speaking to CTV’s Fredalvis Agbenyo, a parent said: “I heard the news last night, so, I rushed here to find out what was happening...I'm anxious and scared and, so, we need the school authorities to tell us something”.
Although schools were closed down across the country after the outbreak of the deadly virus, final-year Junior and Senior High School students were directed to return to school on Monday, 22 June 2020 to prepare for their final examinations.
Final-year university students were also directed to return to school on Monday, 5 June 2020.
Meanwhile, Ghana’s COVID-19 caseload has crossed the 20,000-mark after the confirmation of 697 new cases, the Ghana Health Service has reported.
Ghana’s total caseload is now 20,085 as of Sunday, 5 July 2020.
The samples were taken between 16 June 16 and 1 July 2020, according to the GHS.
Also, five more have died from the disease taking the total death toll to 122.
The total number of active cases is now 5,093.
The number of patients who have recovered and discharged also stands at 14,870.
While the condition of 22 patients is severe, that of eight others is critical.
The Greater Accra still tops the list with 10,979 cases, out of which 2,501 are active while the Ashanti Region has a total of 4,244 cases.