Ghana will be an exponential COVID-19 infectious centre, if govt fails to probe into the 533 factory case
Ghana will be an exponential infectious centre if one person has infected 533 people with COVID-19, A United Kingdom-based Ghanaian editorialist, Martin Cameron Duodu has said.
According to him, if the 533 people also infect 10 persons each then the number would shoot up to 5,330 which could make the fight against the virus a failure.
“If one person was able to infect 533 others, just extrapolate that to embrace each of the 533 persons also infecting 10 persons each. That would give us 5,330 persons, and if that were to occur, we would be in the territory of an exponential rate of infections,” he said.
In a statement, Mr Duodu as a matter of urgency called on the government to set up an enquiry team to establish facts on how the person was able to infect 533 others with the novel coronavirus at a fish processing plant at Tema.
He said a public examination of the behaviour of all the personnel involved in the process of detecting and containing the infection could help educate business community in the country on the importance of adhering to the safety protocols.
“The business community will learn how to sanitise the hand after frequently washing hands with soap under running water, wearing nose masks in areas where the social distancing protocol could not be observed, and also maintaining social distancing in work place settings,” Mr Duodu added.
He maintained that establishing how one person was able to infect 533 people was paramount to finding a lasting solution in containing the spread of the virus.
“So we need to establish exactly how the one person was able to infect 533, how the infection was detected, how long it took for tests to be carried out at the factory, and why. This is not a matter whose deadly implications we can mask with our usual complacent and lackadaisical attitude,” Mr Duodu said.
He however expressed shock at the implications of the mishap which according to him, could rapidly increase the country’s COVID-19 case count and make the situation worse for the country to bear.
Earlier, President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo in his ninth address to the nation on Sunday disclosed that a fish processing factory in Tema increased the number of infections in the country as one person infected 533 people in the company.
He observed that the 533 positive cases, which represents about 11.3 per cent of the country’s total infections of 4,700, then, were part of a backlog of about 921 cases.
Currently, the number of the new coronavirus infections in Ghana has increased to 5,530 with 674 recoveries and 24 death.
However, the fish processing company, Pioneer Food Cannery, in an update confirmed the incident, explaining that, the company was temporarily closed down as soon as the first case was recorded.
It stated that staff were made to self-quarantine for 14 days with immediate contact tracing after the first person was confirmed to have tested positive for the virus.
BY JOYCELINE NATALLY CUDJOE