The Kotoka International Airport has recorded six new cases of COVID-19 following the reopening of the facility on Tuesday, 1 September 2020.
This was disclosed by Deputy Health Minister Dr Bernard Oko-Boye.
President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo, in his 16th address to the nation, explained that he was satisfied with the safety protocols instituted by the Ghana Airport Company towards the reopening of the airspace.
Each passenger entering Ghana via air is expected to pay a mandatory $150 for a rapid test upon arrival.
While some have described the fee for the compulsory rapid test as costly, Dr Oko-Boye insists the country cannot let its guard down with any compromised technology that will not be able to detect the virus.
According to Dr Oko-Boye, if the technology for testing at the airport were not of good quality, these six COVID-19 positive travellers would have slipped through and infected a lot of the populace.
Speaking on Accra-based Joy News, the Deputy Minister said: “Five people who have a negative PCR test from their countries of origin were picked as being positive at our airport”t.
“We had one on Friday, two on Saturday, two today…and there’s been a third one, so, we have six cases”, he revealed.
“And all our troubles in Ghana started with just about 4 or 5 cases, so, those talking about $150, if we had gone for a compromised technology and these guys with negative PRC test had slipped in, all we need was one gentleman, who is positive with a viral load that is huge to visit us in this country and we are back to the lockdown era”, he explained.
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