Govt sets up committee to look into COVID-19 situation in schools


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His Excellency Nana Akufo-Addo has tasked the sub-committee of the Presidential COVID-19 Taskforce to quickly look into the coronavirus cases being recorded in some schools, Information Minister has said.

The Minister for Information, Hon Kojo Oppong Nkrumah at a press briefing on Thursday, July 9 announced that “Akufo-Addo has tasked a sub-committee of the COVID-19 Presidential taskforce to quickly address challenges that may arise in the next eight weeks while final-year students are in school”.

The government spokesperson explained that “it is to ensure that the guidelines of campus quarantine are “strictly enforced” and any gaps “swiftly addressed” where incidents are suspected of the novel virus.

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Kojo Oppong Nkrumah added that special arrangements were being put in place to address the concerns of anxious parents.

“If you are a parent and you are reading a story online and you are hearing something, we encourage you to call 311 from tomorrow [Friday, 10 June 2020]”, he advised.

The Member of Parliament said the line has “dedicated officers” who are “being put there to help connect parents to the schools to validate whether some of the reports are true”.

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The government’s committee set up follows reports indicating that at least 8 persons have tested positive for the novel coronavirus in a school.


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