The Deputy Minister of Health, Dr Bernard Okoe- Boye, has revealed that six new coronavirus cases have been recorded at the Kotoka International Airport terminal given that its reopening.
Talking on JoyNews’ The Lockdown, he stated that the first case was recorded on Friday, with 2 others on Saturday and the others on Sunday.
According to Dr Oko-Boye, these individuals had reported with an adverse PCR examination from their native lands.
He mentioned that these cases were spotted due to the $150 Covid-19 examination government insisted on for travellers.
“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,” he said.
His comment was in defense of steps established by the government ahead of the resuming of the country’s flight terminal to traffic.
Among other regulations, travellers had actually been charged to take a PCR examination 72 hrs before coming into the country and also undertake a $150 antigen examination after landing.
Many individuals raised worries about the rate of the test being performed at the flight terminal.
However, Dr Okoe-Boye urges the amount is reasonable.
“I always say that the alternative, that is having one person slip in with the virus, is so serious, too grave to contemplate. Remember that we didn’t go in for the product and the price, smiling and all excited,” he stated.
He added that the government did not wish to return to busing travellers to resorts and also have them pay for their stay for 2 weeks.
This he explained will cost them a whole lot more than the $150 covid-19 examination.
“When KLM arrived at the airport, on September 1, they were supposed to use the previous arrangement which was two weeks quarantine.
“All of them had paid for hotel bills but guess what, there were fifty passengers who offered to pay $150 because they had negative PCR tests.
“For them, time is too expensive to spend two weeks in a hotel watching TV.”
On the other hand, Ghana’s active Covid-19 cases is 801 with a total case count of 44,777.
Source: Ghana Waves