Over 10,000 lockdown police officers to take Covid-19 test

The directive is aimed at protecting the lives of police officers, the Ghana Police Service says

The Inspector-General of Police (IGP) has directed the police officers who were involved in the enforcement of the government’s lockdown to take a coronavirus test.

James Oppong-Boanuh’s directive goes to at least over 10,000 officers who were dispatched across the country to enforce the measure.

Director of Police Public Affairs, Supt. Sheilla Kessie Abayie-Buckman, has explained Wednesday, the reason is to ensure that the officers are safe and free from the virus.

“The mission is to test as many people as possible and the Police administration has taken the initiative for police officers who performed the specific duty to be tested,” she said.

She continued that: “At the moment some samples have been taken but due to delays and backlogs of samples [we are waiting for results]. However, processes have started.”

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