Did 90% of Ghana’s Ministry of Education Staff Test Positive for COVID-19?

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A news article by as claims that 90% of staff in Ghana’s Ministry of Education had tested positive for COVID-19 as of 11th July 2020, when it was published..

Background

Over 13 million people in 215 countries have so far tested positive for the COVID-19.

The pandemic has led to governments enforcing measures such as curfews, lockdowns, closure of businesses and institutions and encouraging people to work from home.

Ghana is one of Africa’s worst-hit nations with over 25,000 confirmed cases. Mass testing has been carried out in various places focusing on high traffic and population areas.

Verification

In an interview with GhanaWeb on July 9, Ghana’s Education Minister, Dr Matthew Opoku Prempeh, revealed that mass testing was conducted at the ministry after he tested positive for COVID-19.

He further said that the tests came back positive for 45 persons in every 50 tests conducted with most cases being asymptomatic and were thereby directed to self-isolate at home. The minister went on to say that he had been admitted for 2 weeks at the University of Ghana Medical Center and had recovered.

The interview has been cited by other news networks and platforms as can be seen at Xinhuanet, The Cable and HowAfrica.

Verdict

It is true that 90% of staff in Ghana’s Ministry of Education tested positive for COVID-19.

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Moffin Njoroge

Moffin is passionate about data and strives to find patterns, stories and leads by analyzing and interpreting datasets.