“It is important to note that the students who have tested positive for COVID-19 did not even contract the virus on their respective campuses, this is another strong point, that all of these cases, they brought it from their various homes,” Henry Nana Boakye, popularly known as Nana B, said at a party event in Kumasi on Tuesday.
He has come under fire for visiting some of the students at their various campuses to urge them to register for the voter’s ID cards, contrary to a ‘no visit’ directive by the Akufo-Addo-led government.
Over 50 students have been infected with the contagion throughout Ghana as the COVID-19 cases rise.
Accra Girls’ SHS records highest cases
Fifty-five out of 314 test samples taken from students and teachers of the Accra Girls’ Senior High School have returned positive for COVID-19, a joint statement by education and health authorities confirmed.
Accra Girls’ Senior High School is among the list of schools that have recorded cases of the virus two weeks after the government reopened schools for final year students after spending close to three months at home following the outbreak of the virus.
There was growing tension in the school amid calls for pre-tertiary institutions to shutdown. The opposition National Democratic Congress has also joined calls for schools to be closed down to prevent any further outbreak of the virus in schools.
NDC calls for closure of schools
The National Democratic Congress’ COVID-19 technical team wants the government to reverse its decision to open schools for final year students as the cases rise.
It said the government must immediately shut down the schools to protect the students.
In a statement, the COVID-19 technical team stated that cases were spreading among students in various schools across the country and called on the government to value the lives of the students by reversing the decision to reopen schools.
“The lives of Ghanaian students, teachers and non-teaching staff should be valued equally, and Government must take immediate steps to reverse its decision and to begin the process of returning students to their homes.
“This will necessarily include mass testing of students to ascertain their COVID-19 status before they are released to their parents, to minimize the risk of exporting cases from campuses to communities.”
Source: Daily Mail GH