The Ghana Health Service (GHS) has launched investigations into allegations that dancehall icon, Beenie Man, flouted health protocols after allegedly testing positive for Covid-19.
The Jamaican artiste was billed to perform at Stonebwoy’s Bhim Concert but was sent into mandatory quarantine at the AH Hotel immediately after touching down at the Kotoka International Airport (KIA).
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According to reports, he broke the directive by vacating the facility to appear on media platforms, including the much-anticipated concert, which saw a star-studded lineup sharing the same stage at the Accra International Conference Centre (AICC) Grand Arena in Accra.
After his round of activities within the country, Beenie Man is alleged to have been arrested on return to the Ghana Immigration Service at the airport for his passport.
GHS begins investigation into Beenie Man breaking Covid protocol after he allegedly tested positive
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He is said to have procured a fake clearance certificate to break protocol.
Director of Public Health at the GHS, Dr Franklin Asiedu Bekoe, stated in an interview with JoyNews that the circumstances under which the musician moved from the hotel to the show must be probed to ascertain the real facts of the case.
“I think we are trying to get more of the details because normally, you’d do the test, and the idea is that you are carried by bus to the hotel and you are checked in, and then you have your medical team who would be monitoring you on a daily basis and they do, the test.”
“So for this particular instance, we are not so sure how he could have moved from the hotel to the show, but I think that is an issue that needs to be investigated.
“But what we are sure about is that you cannot leave Ghana without your passport so you’d still be in the country unless you are negative,” he indicated.
Ghana’s active Covid-19 cases stand at 8,554 with a total of 1,283 deaths, the latest update from the Ghana Health Service said.
The last few days have seen a record number of infections, with most cases in the capital, Accra. Dr Asiedu Bekoe indicated that the new strain might be driving the current wave.