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493 COVID-19 cases recorded at KIA in July, highest since airport reopened – GHS

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The Ghana Health Service, GHS, says the country recorded more COVID-19 cases at the Kotoka International Airport, KIA, in the month of July 2021.

The GHS says a total of 493 positive cases recorded for July is the highest since the Airport reopened in September last year.

This was made known during the meet the press at the Information Ministry by the GHS on Wednesday, August 4, 2021.

The Director-General of the GHS, Dr. Patrick Kumah Aboagye, says ample measures have been put in place to detect positive cases.

“In the month of July, we recorded the highest number of cases at our international airport since September 1, 2021. So last month was the highest level that we ever peaked since we started testing at the airport.”

Meanwhile, the Service has denied claims of poor COVID-19 testing at the airport, saying the claims are erroneous.

This was after some passengers and even the minority in Parliament raised concerns about what they say are discrepancies in the outcome of tests at the Kotoka International Airport.

The Ghana Health Service in a statement provided explanations to two passengers whose allegations had gone viral, stating that their claims were ill-informed.

“While the Ghana Health Service empathizes with persons who test positive on arrival and the attendant stresses that such an event presents to passengers, we are also concerned at the many false reportages being circulated, especially in social media. To this end, we wish to address some erroneous impressions created in the minds of some sections of the population by the false information being circulated by some arriving passengers in Ghana,” the GHS said in the statement.

One of the passengers later apologised for putting out inaccurate information in a video that went viral.

Statistics on KIA testing

Since the KIA was re-opened to international travel on 1st September 2020, a total of 398,803 passengers have so far been tested for COVID-19 upon arrival at the KIA as of 31st July 2021.

Of these 2,386 have tested positive for COVID-19, representing 0.6% of the total Antigen tests conducted at the KIA for arriving passengers.

Out of those who have tested positive, 1494 (63%) have been males and 892 (37%) have been females. Again, 987 (41%) have been Ghanaians and 1,399 (59%) non-Ghanaians.

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