Coronavirus: Govt Denies Compulsory Mass Testing, Affirms Enhanced Testing Measure

The Minister for Information, Hon. Kojo Oppong Nkrumah has debunked information circulating about a mass coronavirus testing exercise. He said this is a misinterpretation of its enhanced testing measure of COVID-19.

Hon. Kojo Oppong Nkrumah made this clarification at the Ministers Press Briefing this morning (1st April 2020), He said what government intends to do with the enhanced testing exercise is to ramp-up its measures by testing all contacts of confirmed cases, persons who have arrived in Ghana from foreign countries within a certain period and persons in hotspot areas who may be picked out by officials through surveillance.

He later told the public to disregard the information circulating but contrary to the purported compulsory mass testing in some jurisdictions, officials are rather going to conduct surveillance in hotspot neighborhoods through which people deemed potentially to be infected will be tested.

Yesterday the Ayawaso West Municipal Assembly in a release indicated that there was going to be among other things a compulsory house to house testing of every individual residing in the municipality.

The minister reacting to this in his address indicated that such a measure will not be logistically prudent.

Ghana has now confirmed 195 Coronavirus cases as at Aprl 1, 2020. This means the country has recorded 34 new cases after 161 cases were confirmed yesterday [March, 31, 2020].

The Minister of Health, Kwaku Agyeman Manu made this announcement during a COVID-19 Brief this morning.

174 of the cases were recorded in the Greater Accra Region, 10 in the Northern Region, 9 in the Ashanti Region, and 1 each in the Eastern and Upper West Regions.


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