Ghana Africa: 553 Exposed to COVID-19 in One Location

Ghana Fish Market COVID-19

Ghana Fish Processing Plant becomes EPI-Center for 533 COVID-19 Cases

May 12, 2020

An unidentified employee at a fish-processing market in Ghanas Atlantic seafront town of Tema infected 533 other employees at the facility with COVID-19, Ghana President Akufo-Addo said in a broadcast late on Sunday.

Ghana’s health ministry revealed the outbreak at the commercial facility late on Friday; however, they did not provide any further details regarding the timeline.

It appears one person infected all 533 persons, President Akufo-Addo said. He did not offer any other additional details of how the virus spread inside the facility or if any safety measures had been in place before the outbreak occurred.

President Akufo-Addo stated that the 533 positive cases, which represent around 11.3% of Ghana’s total infections, have been a part of a backlog of approximately 921 cases, which have been ongoing as of April 26.

The new occurrences of COVID-19 pushed Ghana’s outbreak total to 700 as of Sunday night; this is the highest outbreak of infections in West Africa.

President Akufo-Addo said 22 people have died from COVID-19-related causes, and as many as 494 have recovered.

Ghana has conducted 160,501 tests since the outbreak began, Akufo-Addo said, and Ghana had carried out more tests related to COVID-19, which he stated is in step with some other nations throughout Africa.

The implementation of  Ghana’s approach to combating COVID-19 is aggressively tracing, testing, and treating in a manner that allows us to root out the virus and prevent further contamination.

Ghana has extended its ban on public gatherings until the end of May, and faculties and universities will continue to be closed.

Akufo-Addo eased a three-week lockdown on Ghana’s two principal cities, Accra and Kumasi, on April 19 amid worries over an extended lockdown at would cripple the already fragile economy.