President Nana Akufo-Addo has said the Kotoka International Airport since its resumption has recorded 26 COVID-19 cases.
He attributed the detection of the cases to the compulsory $150 test at the airport.
Addressing the country in his 17th update, the President said “In spite of the requirement that all passengers must be in possession of a negative PCR test result upon their arrival in Ghana, a test which should have been conducted not more than 72 hours before the scheduled departure from the country of origin, a total of 26 positive cases have been recorded from the tests at KIA,”
He also said had not been for the compulsory test, travelers would have imported it back into the country saying the PCR test has come to stay.
“Let us pause for a moment and imagine what would have happened if these 26 positives had not been detected and had been allowed to mingle with the population. Even though the $150 per passenger for the mandatory airport COVID test has been criticized in certain quarters, the value of the test in its speed, accuracy and savings for passengers, who no longer have to bear the cost of the 14-day quarantine in hotels, has been clearly established, ” he said.
President Akufo-Addo also urged Ghanaians to remain discipline and follow the safety protocols as the virus is still in the country.
Source: Ghana Waves