The devastating effects of COVID-19 in Ghana continue as many state institutions have been forced to shutdown their offices after some staff tested positive.
Ghana’s case count has risen to 23,463 after 641 new infections were recorded Thursday. In total, over 1,400 new cases have been recorded in the last two updates from the Ghana Health Service.
As the infection rate surges, community spread of the virus has also been confirmed in many state institutions.
This rapid spread in cases has left these institutions with no other options than to totally or partially shutdown their offices. As some staff have been ordered to work remotely in some of these institutions, work has come to a standstill in others.
Currently, mass testing is ongoing in some of these institutions.
The employees of the Ministry of Finance have been directed to work remotely as the ministry awaits the test result of staff. An internal memo to all staff said any personnel who tests positive for the virus will be informed “and will receive the necessary care from appropriate health facility designated by the Minister of Health.”
“In view of the preparations towards the mid-year review of the budget, a core team of staff will work from approved location to complete the Mid-Year Review,” portions of the memo circulated at the ministry read.
Source at the Ministry told ABC News that only 9 staff at the Budget Unit have been sanctioned to work from the office in view of the Mid-Year Budget Review. It is also expected that a fumigation exercise will be carried out at the Ministry in during the weekend.
Moreover, the Ghana Cocoa Board’s Head Office in Accra has also been shutdown after COVID-19 cases were confirmed in the office complex. The case of the Ghana Grid Company office is not different from that of COCOBOD.
The Bulk Oil Storage and Transportation Company Limited (BOST) has temporarily shut down its head office at Dzorwulu, Accra, after a number of its staff tested positive for the Coronavirus disease following a mass testing exercise.