Schools Won’t Shut Down Unless Covid-19 Infection Rate Topples 15% -Deputy Health Minister

According to the government, it has already adopted a threshold that will inform the decision to close down a school so there is no cause for alarm yet.

According to the Deputy Health Minister Dr Bernard Okoe Boye, if cases of Covid-19 go beyond 15 percent of a school’s population, it will be shut down.

This comes on the back of complaints raised by parents of students of the Accra Girls’ Senior High School on the refusal to allow them access to their children after the institution recorded Covid-19 cases.

At least 55 students of the school have tested positive for the virus.

But Dr Okoe Boye explained on Asempa FM that government will strictly act when a particular reach the threshold.

“If you have 500 students in the school, if you get 35 that amounts to seven percent of the number. We either make them go home or find a way to deal with them separately. The allowed percent is 7 percent. If you have 14 or 15 percent of the school population it is alarming.

“And the second one which is even the most alarming category is when morbidity is more than half the number you have. If half of your cases are sick, it means there might be many out there that you’ve not picked,” he said on Tuesday, July 14, 2020.


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