Ghana Reimposes COVID-19 Restrictions Amid Rising Cases

Ghana has reimposed COVID-19 restrictions on Jan. 31 in an attempt to slow down the rising cases in the West African country.

President Nana Akufo-Addo announced in a televised address to the nation the reimposition of some COVID-19 restrictions first introduced last March when it reported its first case.

“Our hospitals have become full, and we have had to reactivate our isolation centers. Our average daily rate of infection now stands at 700, compared with 200 two weeks ago,” Akufo-Addo said, justifying the decision.

“Our current situation could get dire if efforts are not made, both on the part of the government and by the citizenry, to help contain the virus,” Akufo-Addo also said.

Under the restrictions, social gatherings including funerals, weddings, theatrical performances, concerts, and parties are banned.

Private burials can take place but only up to 25 attendees and “with the enforcement of the social distancing, hygiene, and mask wearing protocols,” Akufo-Addo said.

Beaches, night clubs, pubs, and cinemas remain closed. Restaurants are to provide take-away services and avoid seated services as much as possible.

The country’s land and sea borders also remain closed.

Akufo-Addo also urged all workplaces to “employ a shift-system for workers, in addition to the use of virtual platforms for business or work.”

Akufo-Addo also said that the earliest vaccine will arrive in the country by March and that the Food and Drugs Authority have established the processes for its emergency use authorization.

“The government will continue to monitor our COVID-19 situation, and will remain resolved in ensuring that we are able to return to normal daily routines,” Akufo-Addo said.

According to the data from the Ministry of Health, Ghana has reported a total of 67,010 cases and 416 deaths.

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