Ghana COVID-19: 6,486 Cases, Schools Remain Closed, NDC Jabs EC
Main opposition NDC continued their collision with the elections body over the compilation of a new voters register ahead of December 2020 polls.
The party’s director for elections at a press conference yesterday said the intransigence of the EC to hold the exercise could escalate the spread of COVID-19. This is despite the EC’s recent issuance of safety guidelines for the exercise.
“The National Identification Authority stopped registration when we had 200 cases and now you want to register 17 to 18 million people in forty days. My brothers and sisters, let’s be honest here and put NDC, NPP aside and ask if this is realistic? Is this sound?”
“Are they going to determine how many people will come from their homes to register? So people will be outside the registration centre and their people (EC Officials) will be in PPE? What about the citizens? Will they give everyone PPE?
“And how will they determine if someone has COVID-19 or not? These are practical commonsensical issues that we want Ghanaians to think of. Won’t they escalate the positive cases in the country?” Afriyie-Ankrah quizzed.
Meanwhile Information Minister Kojo Oppong Nkrumah stressed yesterday that schools remained closed as government continues consultations on the further easing of restrictions.
The university teachers association is however urging government to allow tertiary institutions to strategize and reopen as soon as practicable.
6,269 cases, learning to live with virus imperative – Nana
President Nana Akufo-Addo has tasked citizens to do all it takes to learn to live with COVID-19. he stressed that despite its disruption to everyday lives, there was the need to get lives and economies to adjust and continue to move on with necessary caution and discipline.
He was speaking at a meeting with the chiefs and elders from the country’s Volta Region on Wednesday. “We are going through a very difficult time in our country that all of us are aware of. Nevertheless, it doesn’t mean that our lives must come to a stop.
“The virus is there, but we have to find a way to live with it. Ghana’s business must continue. As I have been saying, the most effective measure for us to deal with this virus is our own self-discipline…
“… the protocols of hygiene, social distancing, not shaking hands, protecting ourselves, wearing the face masks etc. These are the short to long term solution to the proliferation of the virus,” Akufo-Addo added.
Total confirmed cases = 6,269 (new cases = 173)
Total recoveries = 1,898 (new = 125)
Total deaths = 31
Active cases = 4,340
Figures valid as of May 21, 2020