COVID-19: Less than 5% of 15, 000 contacts traced so far will test positive – Okoe-Boye

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Deputy Health Minister-designate, Dr. Bernard Okoe-Boye has projected that less than 5% of the about 15, 000 samples taken for testing for COVID-19 will turn out positive.

Dr. Okoe-Boye said he will be very surprised should Ghana record more than 5% positive cases from the samples taken so far because they have a lower risk exposure hence their chances of contracting the virus are low.

Even with those who test positive, the Ledzokuku MP says the possibility of spreading the virus to people around them is minimal.

“When you look at the mandatorily quarantined people, we had 1030, 105 came out positive. If you look at their percentage, that is 10%. Their group has a higher risk compared to contacts who have been traced and put in a group. So if these 15,384 people belong to a group that had been imported then I would have expected our positive cases to be in a range of 7-10 percent,” the Deputy Health Minister-designate argued on Point of View on Citi FM.

He added, “What I am pleased with is that this is a group whose risk is lower than the mandatorily quarantined” and opined, “Let me say that this 15, 384 their risk is very unlikely to be like the 10% we had in those that had been quarantined mandatorily. I am hoping that we do something that will be below 500. If we do 100, we are lucky, we do 50 same because the number is huge. Ben, even if we are doing 100, it is 5% that might be, not would, might be severely ill, that is 5 people. Let us hope for the best.”

The about 15, 000 persons who are awaiting results of a test conducted on them for COVID-19 are part of a group of about 19, 000 persons contacted and samples taken by a team of health professionals undertaking enhanced surveillance, contact tracing, and testing.

On Tuesday, April 7, the Information Minister disclosed that 14 out of about 7,400 people whose samples were taken, tested positive.

The remaining samples, he mentioned, are still undergoing tests and the results will be made known when ready.

Dr. Okoe-Boye said judging from tests conducted on persons who had come into contact with infected persons in Ghana he is confident the country will not be overwhelmed with lots of cases.

“The Legon student who came back, all those that were traced, the contacts, more than 80 of them not even 1 was positive,” he emphasised.

Ghana has confirmed about 287 cases of coronavirus with 49 awaiting final tests to be confirmed as fully recovered.

5 persons have, however, died whiles the rest are receiving treatment.





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