COVID-19: "135 Achimota Students Test Positive For New Delta Variant" - GHS


The Director-General of the Ghana Health Service (GHS), Dr. Patrick Kuma-Aboagye confirmed that 135 students of the Achimota School have tested positive for the new delta variant.


According to him, this was discovered between June 14 and 16 after the school made known influenza-like symptoms at its sickbay.


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Addressing Journalists on Sunday in Accra, he said “We had a significant number of the initial testing we did at Achimota School as Delta variant. So once we have that, we assume that because it is the source that was spread around, the majority of the variant there will be the Delta variant"


He also mentioned that the Ghana Health Service is currently conducting strategic testing of day students to not spill into the community.


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The Director-General noted that three (3) have been isolated while other pupils who came into contact with those who tested positive are on mandatory quarantine.


He explained that most of the students who tested positive for the delta variant were day students.


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Throwing more light on the issue, he stated that 843 students in the school had been sampled by the health authorities as of July 3, 2021.

"Out of this number, 348 are boarders while the remaining 459 are day students. 36 teaching and non-teaching staff have also been tested. The results of only 550 samples are currently available, according to data from the Ghana Health Service. 135 of these samples taken in the school came out as positive.


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It is emerging that the results of some 293 students are on hold since they were only tested on July 3


Background

A variant of the Covid-19 virus known as the Delta variant, first identified in India, is spreading rapidly in some regions and on track to become the dominant virus strain globally, health experts warn.

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