Fifty-five persons at the Accra Girls’ Senior High School including students and members of staff have tested positive for the novel coronavirus.

According to a joint statement issued by Ghana Health Service (GHS) and the Ghana Educations Service (GES), this was revealed after ‘containment measnures’ were put in place following the confirmation of the school’s first case on July 6, 2020.

The figure was determined after 314 persons in the institution were tested for the virus as 259 returned negative.

All confirmed cases have been transferred to designated national treatment and isolation centres for management.

Government has also outlined some actions take so far as part of measures to control the spread.

These include identification and segregation of contacts from other students, restriction of the number of students that attend dining at a particular time, enforcement of social distancing protocols, enhanced hand hygiene practices among others.

The statement further disclosed that “a few other schools have reported sporadic cases which have not experience a surge.”

It further explained that similar measures are being implemented in the respective institutions to prevent the spread of the virus in senior high schools across the country.