Lockdown Ban Lifted Based On Data, Experts’ Advice – Hon. Oppong Nkrumah.
The Minister for Information, Kojo Oppong Nkrumah solidly defends the government’s decision of lifting the partial lockdown imposed on the citizens of the Greater Accra Metropolitan Area which includes Tema Municipality and Awutu Senya East Municipality (Kaosa) as well as the Greater Kumasi Metropolitan Area.
In his speech, he said the decision was as a result of Ghana’s COVID-19 infection rate date and advice of health experts.
Speaking on the Citi Breakfast Show on Monday, the Hon. Minister also admitted the option of a total lockdown of the entire country, lifting of the ban became more reasonable decision per experts’s advice and data collected from the past three (3) weeks.
“If you look at our infection rate as has been gathered after three (3) weeks of data, the composite infection rate is about 1.5% but the epidemiologists we are working with breaks it a bit further. That 1.5%, if you break it down, you will notice that those from mandatory quarantine are about 5.6%, those from general surveillance is bout 2.7%, but those in the enhanced tracing which comes close to what is real representation is, is about 1.09%, and that is your early infection rate,” he said.
He further told Bernard Avle that on the show that other restrictions such as the ban public gatherings still upholds to aid our fight against COVID19.
Kojo Oppong Nkrumah also added that the government among other things is focusing on preventive etiquettes of COVID19.
“You can lockdown the whole country,or do a partial lockdown. The question now becomes, how long will you do that and how sustainable is it.
You can also restrict movement on public gathering sand activities. What the president has done after listening to the infectious diseases experts and epidemiologists is to say let us maintain all our preventive etiquettes,” he said.
On this note, Nana Akufo Addo urged all Ghanaians to wear prescribed face masks everywhere they go and strickly adhere to the various COVID-19 prevention protocols including hand washing and social distancing.