Covid-19 third wave: Workplaces now red zones
The Ghana Health Service (GHS) has warned that the country is experiencing a third wave of the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic with workplaces now a major area of concern.
“We are now experiencing a third wave of COVID-19 and the workplace is a major area of concern as we try to curtail and combat the outbreak of the virus in Ghana,” the Director-General of GHS, Dr Patrick Kuma-Aboagye, said at a forum in Accra on July 27.
He was speaking at the Chartered Institute of Administrators and Management Consultants – Ghana’s third annual Administration Professional Conference.
On the theme, "Health, Wellbeing and Productivity in the Workplace," the hybrid conference created a platform for patrons to share ideas on how best occupational health and safety could be promoted at various workplaces.
Ghana recently ramped up her Covid-19 safety protocols, with President Akufo-Addo announcing the strict compliance with social gathering rules – open-air activities, two-hour gathering periods, wearing of nose masks, and social distancing.
- As of the 25th July, 2021, the total confirmed cases of COVID-19 in Ghana stood at 102,569.
- Total tests done 1,412,464 (Test Positivity rate 7.3%)
- Total recoveries: 97,213
- Active Cases: 4,983
- Deaths: 823
COVID-19 Among International Arrivals
- As of the 27th July 2021
- Total No. of Cases : 2,249 (0.58%)
- Total Tests: 390,527
- Males (63%) : Females (37%)
- Ghanaian (41%) : Non-Ghanaian (58%)
Ghana Schools Covid-19 Update (25/07/2021)
- 392 schools have recorded cases
- 2,647 cumulative total cases
- 93.7% of cases have recovered
- 166 active cases among students from 6 Regions
- (Ashanti-93, Oti-38, Greater Accra-15, Eastern-12, Bono East-7, Bono-1)
- 512 highest number of cases - Volta region
- North East region only region with no cases in schools
Dr. Patrick Kuma-Aboagye gave a grim outlook of the Ghanaian situation as he presented an overview of the COVID-19 situation.
- Significant increase in recorded cases over the past 4 weeks
- Increasing number of severe and critical cases
- Increasing number of cases among international arrivals at KIA
- Increasing number of school outbreaks
- Number of districts reporting cases daily on the increase
- All regions except one have active cases
- Adherence to COVID-19 protocols reportedly poor across all regions
- The probability of a severe third wave is high