The Minister of Information, Kojo Oppong Nkrumah, says the government is open to the decision on the possibility of re-introducing restrictions on the citizenry, as part of measures to fight the novel coronavirus pandemic.
He, however, noted that any such decision will be influenced by lessons or the outcomes of analysis on the current phased easing in place across the country.
Speaking at a press conference yesterday, Mr Oppong Nkrumah said any decision will be based on the realities on the ground, and what is in the best interest of the country and the people.
President Nana Akufo-Addo, in his earlier announcement of easing the restriction, said lifting the restrictions did not mean letting the government’s guards down but rather the security services and health workers would be on standby to identify, impose curfew, test and treat affected persons, should there be an outburst in cases in any community.
He noted that the government would monitor hotspots in the capital and lockdown such communities, should there be a sudden outburst in those communities.
Taking his turn at the event, the Director-General of the Ghana Health Service, Dr Patrick Kuma Aboagye, announced that Ghana has recorded 496 new cases of COVID-19, pushing the national tally to 18,630.
The country has also recorded 14,046 clinical recoveries. However, the number of persons who have succumbed to the disease remain at 117, with 4,467 active cases.
“These people are being managed at the treatment sites, isolations and under home management, depending on the situation. Currently, we have 22 cases who are severe cases, eight are critical, and six on ventilators,” he said.
According to him, per the total number of cases recorded, 10,296 cases are from the Greater Accra Region, followed by the Ashanti Region, which currently has 3,834 cases.