The government may reimpose a partial lockdown on parts of the country if Covid cases continue to rise, the President has warned.
He said that if the number of active cases continues to rise at its current rate, the government will have no other option than reintroduce the restriction on movement.
The President, Nana Akufo-Addo gave this warning whilst delivering his 22nd address on efforts made by the government in the fight against the pandemic.
Although he admits that such a decision will have a negative impact on the economy, the president stated that ‘it is better to be safe than to be sorry.’
“We do not want to go back to the days of partial lockdowns, which had a negative impact on our economy and on our way of life. But should that become necessary, i.e., should the number of active cases continue to increase at the current rate, I will have no option but to re-impose these restrictions because it is better to be safe than to be sorry. So, together, let us all ensure that we respect the protocols,” he said.
With schools across the country reopening for academic activity, the President has also warned students that if students do not cooperate with the safety protocols, the government might have no other option than to close down schools again.
“As we take these big steps to go back to school, your attitude, your behaviour, your self-discipline will decide whether or not our schools will remain open. I am pleading with you, please observe the COVID-19 protocols at all times. You must maintain the level of discipline and sense of responsibility to stop the virus from spreading in your schools and, for day students, at home, as well. Wear your masks at all times. Wash and sanitize your hands regularly. Protect yourself. Protect each other. Protect your teachers. Protect your parents. But, please, do not give me a reason to close down schools again. I pledge to do my best to keep your education going. I want you to assure me, your parents, your teachers and society as a whole, through your actions, that you will do your part as well,” he said.
The President has described the surge in Ghana’s recorded cases as worrying.
He mentioned that the Ghana Health Service was recording an average of 200 new cases daily.
Also, he indicated that the number of patients requiring hospitalization and intensive care is rising.
“However, since that time, we have seen an upsurge in the number of active cases, from a little over nine hundred (900) to one thousand, nine hundred and twenty-four (1,924). Our COVID-19 treatment centres have gone from having zero patients to now being full because of the upsurge in infections.
Particularly worrying is the fact that the Ghana Health Service is recording, on average, two hundred (200) new cases of COVID infections daily. The number of patients requiring hospitalization and intensive care is rising. The number of severe cases, which stood at eighteen (18) a week ago, has increased sharply to one hundred and twenty (120). Two weeks ago, there was no critical case, we now have thirty-three (33) in our treatment facilities. Again, according to statistics from the Ghana Health Service, a considerable number of persons who are severely ill are, surprisingly, relatively youthful persons, with no previous underlying health conditions. The number of confirmed deaths has increased, sadly, from three hundred and thirty-eight (338) persons to three hundred and fifty-two (352) within the period.
In view of that, he indicated that the government was intensifying its strategy of enhanced tracing, testing, and treating.
He said that the government was also going to reactivate available treatment and isolations facilities across the country in anticipation of any further increase in infections.
Government is intensifying its strategy of enhanced 3Ts, i.e. tracing, testing and treating, to allow us identify infected persons, isolate them, and treat them. A considerable number of contact tracers are being mobilised to follow up on contacts of all who test positive. All laboratories, public and private, must supply, in real time, data on all persons tested on the common platform established by the Ghana Health Service. There will be sanctions against laboratories who fail to comply. We have also provided additional logistics, including vehicles, to the Ghana Health Service for the supervision and monitoring of asymptomatic cases being managed from home.
Additionally, Government is reactivating available treatment and isolation facilities across the country in anticipation of any further increase in infections. The provision of adequate medicines, equipment, and personal protective equipment to enable health workers attend to homebased patients is being effected.
Story by: Jeffrey Nyabor | universnewsroom.com