GHS and GES lockdown Achimota school as fears of Delta Covid-19 variant grow

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The Ghana Health Service (GHS) and the Ghana Education Service (GES) have finally reached an agreement to shutdown the Achimota School for at least two weeks.

This is said to have been prompted by the deadly Delta Covid-19 variant, which was recorded amongst some students.

As gathered by GhanaTalksRadio, a total of 135 had tested positive for the virus, while 89 out of them had recovered.

It is recorded that three students took ill between Monday, June 14 and Wednesday, June 16 for influenza-like symptoms. However, tests later showed that it was Covid-19.

As of Saturday, July 3, 843 students and staff had been sampled.

Among these, 348 are boarding students, 459 are day students and 36 teaching and non-teaching staff.

According to the GHS, results available for 550 samples indicated that total positive was 135 with 293 pending as of Saturday, July 3 and the rest negative.

“We are not going to allow any visitation in the school for the next two weeks. The day students are going to be kept at home for the next two weeks, while those who are positive are going to be kept in isolation,” Director of Public Health at GHS Dr Franklin Asiedu Bekoe said in an interview.

The latest directive means all persons within the school premises are expected to remain indoors during this period, as visitors will also be denied entry. All day students would have to remain home for the next two weeks as well.