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Fears of school closure hits Kumasi as Health officials announce 365 COVID-19 cases in schools

An imminent closure of schools is looming in the Ashanti region as the deadly COVID-19 pandemic is taking its toll on the health and wellbeing of pupils in the Greater Kumasi Metropolitan Area.

It may be recalled that the Greater Kumasi Metropolitan Area was one of the four metropolises which were put under lockdown at the height of the first wave of the pandemic in March 2020 and it continues to be the nation’s second hardest hit area as far as the disease is concerned.

Health officials have announced that the upsurge in the number of cases is pushing health facilities to its limits and intensive care units, isolation centres and generals wards are running out of space.

Just last week, the Management of the Komfo Anokye Teaching Hospital, the largest hospital and referral facility in the north of Ghana reported of lack of space for beds, a situation they said could get the current COVID-19 situation out of hands.

Speaking at a media sensitization workshop in Kumasi this morning, the Ashanti Regional Director of Health Services, Dr. Emmanuel Tenkorang announced that, a total of 85 schools at all levels have recorded cases of the deadly Delta Variant of the disease in the Greater Kumasi Metropolitan Area alone.

Three hundred and sixty five (365) cases have been reported with two hundred and fifty four (254) recoveries; one hundred and eleven school pupils are still battling with the disease, pushing fears of a possible closure of schools in the area, high on the horizon.

In his 26th address to the nation since the outbreak of the disease in Ghana, President Nana Akufo-Addo said, “Our daily infection rate for the past week is three hundred and fifty (350) cases, and, sadly, forty (40) more people have died from COVID over the last ten (10) weeks, bringing the cumulative number of deaths to eight hundred and twenty-three (823) since the onset of the pandemic. Greater Accra and Greater Kumasi Metropolitan areas remain the hotspots of infections. This entire development is very alarming.”

“The Ghana Health Service has moved to fortify its contact tracing, testing and treating campaigns, especially across the hotspots of Greater Accra and Greater Kumasi Metropolitan areas. COVID-19 treatment centres continue to be resourced with medical supplies, personal protection equipment, and health workers”, he added.

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