6 COVID-19 cases detected at Kotoka International Airport since reopening

Six arriving passengers at the Kotoka International Airport have tested positive for the novel Coronavirus (COVID-19).

6 COVID-19 cases detected at Kotoka International Airport since reopening

Deputy Health Minister, Dr. Bernard Okoe Boye, said the six positive cases were detected due to the COVID-19 tests introduced at the airport since its reopening.

He told Joy News that the first COVID-19 case was recorded on Friday, two others were detected on Saturday and a further three on Sunday.

The first batch of international commercial passengers arrived at the airport last Tuesday, September 1, 2020 following its reopening.

Passengers arriving from other countries are, however, required to pay a fee of $150 for the mandatory COVID-19 test.

The only ones excluded from the COVID-19 test at the airport are those who have a negative PCR test result that is not over 72 hours old.

Dr. Okoe Boye reacted to concerns raised by some persons that the fee being charged for the COVID-19 test is too expensive.

He explained that it was better to charge $150 and have a credible test result, rather than going in for a compromised technology at a cheaper rate.

“All our troubles in Ghana started with just about four or five cases. So, really those who are talking about $150, if we had gone for a compromised technology and those with negative PCR tests had slipped in, all we need is one gentleman who is positive with a viral load, that is huge, visit us in this country and we are back to a lockdown,” the Deputy Health Minister added.

Last week, the Ghana Health Service (GHS) disclosed that a total of $37,050 was generated from COVID-19 tests at the Kotoka International Airport after the first two days.

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