Ghana has recorded new variants of COVID-19, President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo said here late Sunday.
In his 22nd broadcast to the nation on measures taken by the Ghanaian government against the pandemic, the president said the new variants were imported into the country.
“Recent genomic sequencing undertaken by our scientists have established that some arriving passengers tested positive for new variants of COVID-19. These passengers have all been isolated. Furthermore, work is ongoing to determine the presence and extent of spread of the new variants in the general population,” he said.
The president said the country’s healthcare infrastructure will be overwhelmed if the public does not strictly adhere to COVID-19 safety protocols, adding that the government will not hesitate to impose another lockdown in the country.
Ghana’s COVID-19 cases as of Monday, according to the Ghana Health Service, stood at 58,065. The country’s total active cases are 1,924 while 356 people have died from the virus. Enditem
Ghanaian president instructs security services to enforce COVID-19 protocols
ACCRA, Jan. 17 (Xinhua) — Ghanaian President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo instructed the security services Sunday to enforce strict adherence to the COVID-19 prevention protocols to curb rising infections.
In his 22nd address to the nation on the government’s efforts to deal with the pandemic, Akufo-Addo described the recent increasing number of infections as worrying.
“I have instructed the Inspector General of Police to direct officers, men, and women of the police service to ensure the rigorous enforcement of the law on mask-wearing at all public places and in public transport,” said the president.
He also urged police to “ensure the closure of all night clubs, pubs, cinemas, and beaches that may be operating in defiance of the law,” adding that “they will be assisted by other security agencies if need be.”
With an average of about 200 confirmed daily infections, the number of active cases in Ghana has increased to 1,924, with 352 deaths, as 13 out of the 16 regions have recorded active infections.
Apart from imported cases, the president said the other infected persons had recent histories of attending various mass gatherings, most of whom “abandoned the use of the masks, and were engaged in actions that led to their contracting the virus.”
Akufo-Addo, therefore, urged Ghanaians to follow the protocols of wearing face masks, washing hands, the use of hand sanitizers regularly, and maintaining social distancing to prevent a further spread of the disease.
“Severe punishments exist in our statute books for persons breaking the law on the mandatory wearing of masks. Should anyone be arrested by the security agencies disregarding this directive, that person will be dealt with strictly according to the law,” Akufo-Addo cautioned. Enditem