COVID-19: Akufo-Addo extends ban on public gatherings till May 31, 2020

President Nana Akufo-Addo

The President of the Republic, Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo in response to the petition by the Ghana Medical Association (GMA) has extended the ban imposed on public gatherings to the end of the month.

Akufo-Addo announced the extension of the ban during his nin televised nation’ address to the citizenry of Ghana. He said the ban imposed on public gatherings is still in force till May 31, 2020.

GMA petition

Earlier today the Ghana Medical Association (GMA) urged President Akufo-Addo not to lift the ban imposed on public gatherings and schools.

According to the Association, the high number of confirmed coronavirus cases in the country does not recommend the lifting of a ban imposed on any gatherings that are social.

It additionally wants the President to see to it that Ghanaians strictly adhere to all the outlined coronavirus preventive protocols.

As of now, 4,263 persons are confirmed to be positive of the novel virus while a total of 378 have recovered and 22 dead.

This strange development has made the Ghana Medical Association (GMA) appeal to the President not to soon lift the ban imposed on social gatherings as the situation could worst should he take that decision.

A statement released by the Association on Saturday, May 9, 2020, and copied to said: “Non-adherence to the COVID-19 preventive protocols at this point in our collective fight against the disease has an enormous potential to erode any gains made so far.”

“This also has the tendency to surge further spread of the virus,” it added.

In view of the association, the apparent ignore for all the preventive measures by the large population of the citizenry is a major threat to decreasing the disease in the country.

The GMA also encouraged the government to ensure constant distribution of Personal Protective Equipment (PPEs) to all health workers at the various institutions whenever it’s needed.


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