Until fatalities caused by the coronavirus are made public in videos, Ghanaians will not believe the existence of the infection, heavy boxer Bukom Banku has said.
Banku says the deaths are evident in videos captured in China, Italy and other places where the infection is prevalent, but no one has seen videos of deaths in Ghana.
Known in real life as Isaac Braimah Kamoko, the local cult hero at Bukom, in Accra, tells Ghanaian media personality Nana Aba Anamoah that, “The disease has not gotten to Bukom area”.
“In Bukom, we don’t believe it [is real],” he stated blatantly.
“Show it [deaths] on TV,” he challenged authorities if there are true infections and deaths.
The pugilist notes that:” We have not seen anything on TV and so we don’t believe it”.
The country has recorded 636 cases with eight deaths. The disease has swept through 10 regions compelling government to institute a lockdown in high-infection zones. The country’s borders have been shut and social distancing is the order of the day.
Despite the restrictions, residents of Chorkor, also in Accra, poured out in hundreds to party at the beach on Easter Sunday. This attracted widespread condemnation, with security authorities deploying reinforcements to the area.
The TV presenter used the opportunity to educate Bukom Banku and appealed to him to carry the message of staying indoors to his area people at Bukom, Chorkor, James Town, Ga Mashie and other areas within that enclave.
Bukom Banku confesses that he uses hand sanitisers only because others are doing same, but to him, “the virus is not in Ghana”.