Ghana has now made the wearing of face mask mandatory, following which failure to wear it leads to prosecution. This was disclosed by President Akufo Addo, in his eleventh (11th) address to the nation, Sunday, June 14, regarding the COVID-19 fight and associated measures.
With the doctors and scientists telling us that the virus is transmitted from human contact, through talking, singing, coughing and sneezing, which results in sending droplets of the virus from one person to another, residents of these four regions, and, indeed, all Ghanaians, must remember that the wearing of masks is now mandatory. Leaving our homes without a face mask or face covering on is an offence.
According to him, the police have been instructed to “enforce” the directive which has now become “subject of an Executive Instrument.”
The President’s address comes at a time when Ghana’s case count has shot to eleven thousand, nine hundred and sixty-four (11,964), with seven thousand, six hundred and fifty-two (7,652) active cases and fifty-four (54) deaths, with the Secondi-Takoradi Municipal Chief Executive, the late KK Sam, one of the fallen victims and the Health Minister, Hon Kweku Agyemang Manu, one of those currently responding to treatment.
Mr Akufo Addo who reiterated that “our survival is in our own hands”, therefore admonished persons in high risk areas like Greater Accra and Ashanti Regions to continue to seriously adhere to all the safety protocols laid down for the prevention of COVID-19 infection.
It is important for me to remind residents of the Greater Accra and Ashanti Regions, where the great majority of cases have been recorded, and in the Western and Central Regions, where we are seeing an increase in infection cases, to continue to adhere strictly to the social distancing and enhanced hygiene protocols announced.
He warned that “If we are lax and inattentive, we will continue to have serious challenges with the virus”, but “if we are mindful and self-disciplined, we have it in us to defeat this pandemic, and help return our lives to normalcy.”
Suraya Alidu Malititi|adwoaadubianews.com