We will only close down schools if 15% of students contract COVID-19 – Okoe Boye

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A Deputy Minister of Health, Dr Bernard Okoe Boye says government will only close down schools if 15% of the student population contracts COVID-19.

According to him, the government has adopted that threshold to prevent a further spread of the disease among students, teachers and non-teaching staff in schools.

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This follows agitations by a section of the populace including the NDC over government’s handling of the viral outbreak after some senior high schools recorded positive cases of COVID-19.

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This has led to worried parents besieging the schools including the Accra Girls’ Senior High School demanding to be given access to their wards.

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In an interview on Asempa FM on July 14, 2020, monitored by ABC News, Dr Okoe Boye said “If you have 500 students in the school if you get 35 that amounts to seven per cent of the number. We either make them go home or find a way to deal with them separately. The allowed percentage is 7 per cent. If you have 14 or 15 per cent of the school population it is alarming.”

Explaining further, he added that “the second one which is even the most alarming category is when morbidity is more than half the number you have. If half of your cases are sick, it means there might be many out there that you’ve not picked.”

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