The Ghana Health Service (GHS) has disclosed that 35 out of the 231 Ghanaians who recently returned from Kuwait have tested positive for COVID-19.
The GHS says the figure represents 15% of the total population of the deportees that arrived in Ghana on Saturday, May 23, 2020.
The returnees who were placed in a mandatory 14-day quarantine upon their arrival in Ghana were said to have tested negative for COVID-19 before enplaning from Kuwait.
"The results of the initial test of all 231 Kuwaiti returnees had 35 (15.15%) of them being positive for COVID-19," the GHS said in an update it published on Sunday, May 31, 2020.
The deportees arrived on board a special chartered Kuwait Airways flight which had 284 passengers made up of 241 Ghanaians and 43 Togolese nationals who were on an onward journey to Togo.
They were received at the Kotoko International Airport by the Operation Return Home joint task force which comprises the Ghana Immigration Service (GIS), Ghana Health Service (GHS), Ghana Police Service (GPS) the National Disaster Management Organisation (NADMO) and other stakeholders.
Though the borders of Ghana remain closed as part of measures to curb the importation and spread of the coronavirus (COVID-19), this chartered flight was allowed into the country with permission from the government.