On Sunday, Ghana’s President Nana Akufo-Addo revealed that 533 workers at a fish-processing facility in the city of Tema tested positive for COVID-19. “All 533 persons were infected by one person,” Akufo-Addo said. The newly reported positive cases represent approximately 11.3 percent of all known COVID-19 cases in Ghana—which currently has the highest number of infections in West Africa. According to Reuters, Abraham Koomson, the head of the Ghana Federation of Labour, said the 533 cases were at Thai Union’s Pioneer Food Cannery Limited plant—one of the two facilities in the city and the world’s largest producer of canned tuna.
Stateside, facilities that slaughter animals are increasingly becoming hotspots for COVID-19 infections. By mid-April, more than 20 slaughterhouses—which kill cows, pigs, and chickens—shuttered as employees continued to test positive for COVID-19. More than 10,000 workers in at least 170 meat plants across 29 states tested positive for COVID-19 by May 6, according to data compiled by USA Today and the Midwest Center for Investigative Reporting. Despite the public health threat, many slaughterhouses are now reopening under Trump’s executive order.