The President of Ghana, Nana Addo Danquah Akufo-Addo has addressed Ghanaians the nineteenth(19) time since the outbreak of the novel Coronavirus as cases of infections are once again rising.
He indicated that ” the nation had become accustomed to the downward slide of active cases” following the declaration of decline in active cases and assurance that the country was heading towards the defeat of the virus during his eighteenth(18) address.
” In recent weeks however, we have observed a gradual change in the projective of the virus with an increase in active cases from 398 cases recorded three weeks ago to 1139 active cases as at Friday, 6th of November,2020.”
” The number of daily infections is on the rise from the average of 25 new cases per day then, to an average of 130 new cases per day in the course of the last two weeks.”
The President however said the rise in infections is a result of reduction in compliance to the preventive protocols , since research conducted by Scientists, the West Africa Centre for Cell Biology of Infections Pathogens at the University of Ghana, Legon in collaboration with the Noguchi Memorial Institute, found that the virus has not changed.
” Fellow Ghanaians, it appears that we are letting our guard down”, the President lamented.
” I’ve seen it first hand, how in some regions of our country, some residents have abandoned, all together, the protocols such as the wearing of nose masks put in place to defeat the virus.”
” Indeed the high compliance rate with masks wearing of persons surveyed by the Ghana Health Service in some selected areas in Accra, to which I referred optimistically in update fifteen(15) has according to a new survey by the same service fallen alarmingly from 44.3% to 5%.”
Ghana has recorded 1139 active cases with 320 deaths as at 6th November, 2020 according to statistics from the Ghana Health Service.
In the analysis of the data of active cases, the President said Greater Accra accounts for 75% ,16% for the Ashanti Region, Bono Region, Eastern Region and the Western Region, 4% for the remaining eleven regions and 5% for the arrival from the Kotoka International Airport.
Admonishing politicians and management of organizations operating in confined indoor spaces to adhere to the COVID-19 protocols in the course of their activities, the President called on stakeholders to help limit the spread of the virus.
Source: Opemsuo FM/ Hajara Fuseini