Oti Region records first case of COVID-19 in a Junior High School

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A Junior High School in the Oti Region is the country’s most recent educational institution hit by the novel coronavirus outbreak.

This was revealed by Ghana Health Service’s Director of Public Health, Dr. Badu Sarkodie at Tuesday’s Press Briefing of Ministers on the country’s fight against the coronavirus pandemic.

Dr., however, did not give further details of the school that had recorded the case.

“The only reported JHS with a case is in the Oti Region. Just one. I think they [Junior High Schools] are probably adhering to the protocols more than the others,” he said.

Since last week, the government has been pressured to close down schools in the country again following the record of cases in schools.

COVID-19 Reports in Schools

Accra Girls SHS was the first to have reported cases of the virus, followed by cases documented by many others around the region.

Yet the government doesn’t appear able to answer the multiple appeals from parents and teacher unions while it insists the crisis is under pressure.

Several second cycle educational establishments in the country have been reporting positive cases of the novel coronavirus since Monday 6 July 2020.

The first is Accra Girls Senior High School, which reported six incidents.


However, as of Monday, July 13, 2020, the number of people who contracted the virus in school has risen to 55, after 314 people, including staff and students, had been tested for the virus.

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