The opposition National Democratic Congress (NDC) says that any attempt by the government to lift the ban on social gatherings will be premature and risky considering the rapid increase in Ghana’s COVID-19 positive count.
According to the party’s COVID-19 Technical Response Team, the rate at which Ghana’s cases are rising is alarming, and efforts must taken to address it.
“The prevalence and speed of the spread of Covid-19 in Ghana remains a clear and present danger” part of the statement which was signed by former Chief of Staff, Prosper Bani reads.
The party also recommending “the urgent need to incorporate mass testing into a holistics trategy to have a full and accurate picture of the number of cases in country”
In light of that, they want the Food and Drugs Authority to expedite actions in approving the COVID-19 rapid test kits developed by scientists at the Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology.
The NDC is not the only group calling for an extension of the ban on social gatherings, which has been in force since March 16, 2020.
The Ghana Medical Association, last week feared for the worst if the government moves to lift the ban.
In a statement released on Saturday, May 9, the Association counseled the government against taking such a decision, explaining that the steady rise in cases does not give room for the measures taken in the fight to be eased.
They also called for an extension in Ghana’s borders to prevent more imported cases.
Meanwhile, some Christian religious leaders are calling for the government to allow them congregate for worship.
They have assured that measures will be put in place to ensure strict adherence to all safety etiquettes outlined by health officials.
President Akufo-Addo, as part of efforts to curb the coronavirus outbreak in the country announced the ban on social gatherings on March 15.
Schools were asked to close down and the country’s borders closed.
Ghana’s positive case count has increased to 4,263 as of May 9 with 378 recoveries and 22 deaths
Story By: Daniel Sackitey│universnewsroom.com