More of the COVID-19 new cases recorded are predominantly from the workplace, the Minister of Information, Kojo Oppong Nkrumah has said.
“We need to take workplace safety protocols seriously, the data and science tells us that, a significant number of cases are coming from the workplace”
The Minister said this at a press briefing in Accra, today, June 25, 2020.
Briefing the press about the Country’s COVID-19 update, the Director-General of the Ghana Health Service, Dr. Patrick Kuma Aboagye said Ghana has recorded a total of 459 new cases since the last update on Tuesday, June 22.
Out of the number, 64% were recorded in the Greater Accra Region, with the majority of COVID-19 cases coming from workplaces.
“Either for now, we are looking at risk screening among others, that is also part of the institutional data we are getting and some of the testings of contacts,” he said.
COVID-19 workplace Protocols
Minister for Trade and Industry, Alan Kyerematen outlining the government’s plan to control the spread of the disease said the workplace remains one of the hotspots of the disease and urged institutions to adhere to all the protocols to enable life to return to normalcy.
The Minister outlined seventeen (17) protocols which were part of the general guidelines for easing of restrictions to be provided at the workplace.
They include the provision of face masks, effective sanitary facilities, personal protective equipment, and clothing among others.
He also encouraged rotation of staff, commuting of staff to and from work by company buses and discouraging employees with mild cough and fever from coming to work, etc.
Tema Factory COVID-19 spread
It could be recalled that, in May this year, a Fishing Factory located in the industrial city of Tema had over 500 of its staff testing positive to the disease.
Ghana’s COVID-19 cases currently, stands at 15,472 with 11, 433 recoveries. 95 others have died from the disease.