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Restrict public from attending Rawlings’ funeral – GMA

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With coronavirus cases in Ghana surging uncontrollably, the Ghana Medical Association has cautioned the general public against attending former president Rawlings’ funeral.

According to the association, people should be encouraged to join in the funeral virtually.

Former president Rawlings died from an unknown illness on Thursday, November 12, 2020, at 10.10 am.

He was 73.

“We are also asking that people should be discouraged from going to join the final funeral rites of our late former president, as many that can join online, social media, and TV. We think that should be encouraged as we call for the ban on other social gatherings”

The Association’s General-Secretary, Dr. Justice Yankson said the increasing surge may weaken the already fragile health system.

“We are once again telling Ghanaians that they need to take their health into their own hands, there’s so much government can do but much of it depends on us as individuals to be conscious of the presence of this virus, pandemic in our environment and make sure that we obey the protocols so that together we can be safe as a people,” he told Joy News.

Meanwhile, the Minister of Information designate, Kojo Oppong Nkrumah, has warned that the government may be forced to impose another lockdown if the upsurge of coronavirus infections persisted.

With Ghana’s latest COVID-19 cases rising at a rapid rate, he said a lockdown was among the options the government would consider if the trend continued.

According to the Ghana Health Service, Ghana has recorded 3,525 active cases and 367 deaths as of Monday, January 25, 2021.

As of October 8, 2020, the country’s case count had dipped to as low as 289 cases.

This means in the last three months the country had recorded an almost 1,200% increase in the deadly infectious disease which is crippling the country’s healthcare system.

So far, the country has recorded 60,794 cases with 57,141 recoveries and discharges.

The country has also recorded cases of the new variants of the virus.

 

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