These people arrived in the country on 23rd May 2020 and were immediately quarantined for the tests to be carried out on them.
The test results represent 15 per cent of the total number of tests run on these individuals.
At a press briefing organized by the Ministry of Information on 31st May 2020, the Ghana Health Service made these figures known as they announced a further addition of 113 new COVID-19 cases.
Although all the 231 deportees were reported to have tested negative for the virus in Kuwait before being enplaned to Ghana, Ghanaian officials undertook an independent test on all of them upon arrival at the Kotoka International Airport before taking them in for a 14-day mandatory quarantine period.
At the Thursday, May 28, 2020 press briefing, the Director of Public Health at the Ghana Health Service, Dr Badu Sarkodie hinted some of the deportees had tested positive but he did not give an exact number.
“We haven’t finished with the testing of all the people that we took samples from. There are indications that some of them are positive [for COVID-19]…We will follow up on this and when we have the full report, we will share this report appropriately,” Dr Sarkodie said.
Ghana’s COVID-19 case count as of May 31, 2020, is 7,881 positive cases. The number of recoveries stands at 2,841 with 36 deaths.