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I’ll be forced to re-impose restrictions if Covid-19 continue to surge – Akufo-Addo warns

President Akufo-Addo has warned of re-imposing restriction on movement should the surge in active Covid-19 cases persist.

Addressing the nation on Sunday, the President said “We do not want to go back to the days of partial lockdowns, which had a negative impact on our economy and on our way of life.

“But should that become necessary, that is, should the number of active cases continue to increase at the current rate, I will have no option but to re-impose these restrictions because it is better to be safe than to be sorry,” he said in a live broadcast.

To avert a second lockdown, he called on all and sundry to respect and adhere to the Covid-19 safety protocols that have been somewhat abandoned by many in the past few weeks.

“It is important that I remind all Ghanaians that severe punishments exist on 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 in accordance with law.”

There has been mixed reactions on the possibility of lockdown, considering the steady increase of Covid-19 cases in the country.

For some scientists and medical professionals, the best way to contain the new wave of the disease is for President to lockdown the country again.

But, individuals such as immediate past Kumbungu MP, Ras Mubarak has asked President Akufo-Addo to exclude lockdown from his strategies, arguing that majority of Ghanaians cannot survive a second lockdown.

Meanwhile, President Akufo-Addo in his Sunday night address pledged to intensify its strategy of tracing, testing and treating to immediately contain the virus.

He, however, warned that laboratories, particularly, private ones who do fail to supply data on positive cases to the Ghana Health Service will be sanctioned.

“Government is reactivating available treatment and isolation facilities across the country in anticipation of any further increase in infections. The provision of adequate medicines, equipment, and personal protective equipment to enable health workers to attend to home-based patients is being effected.”

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