A total of 533 employees at a fish processing factory located in the coastal city of Tema, 25 kilometers (15 miles) east of Ghana’s capital, Accra, have contracted the coronavirus in their workplace, according to President Nana Akufo-Addo. The leader said all of them were infected by a worker.
To date, Ghana has the highest number of infected people in West Africa with 4,700 cases, according to official data.
Deaths from COVID-19 stand at 22, all of them from people suffering from a previous illness such as diabetes or chronic kidney disease, Ghanaian authorities said.
“The more people we test for this virus, the more people will test positive, and thus we will have a chance to treat and isolate them,” added Akufo-Addo, in whose country more than 160,000 screening tests have already been conducted.
Following a further extension of the restrictions, Ghana will maintain a ban on public meetings, conferences and festivals until at least 31 May; its borders and educational facilities will also remain closed.