As part of efforts to ease Covid-19 restrictions, President Nana Akufo-Addo has announced that the wearing nose masks is no longer mandatory beginning today, March 28, 2022.
This was officially declared by the President during his 28th National Address on COVID-19 on Sunday.
According to the President, the decision to revoke the mandatory wearing of nose masks is based on the rapid decline in the country’s active case count as well as the significant number of the population that have either being fully vaccinated or taken their first dose.
“With countries in the ECOWAS Community, especially in our neighbouring countries, presently, like us, recording very low levels of infections, and having significant numbers of our people vaccinated, and on the advice of the national Covid-19 Taskforce and the health experts, I have taken the decision to revise the Covid-19 Restrictions, enacted under E.I. 64,” President said.
He added that “this review is premised on the background of rapidly declining infections, the relative success of the vaccination campaign being supervised by the Ghana Health Service, and the increased capacity developed in the public and private health sectors over the last two years”.
The President further disclosed that as of Friday, March 25, 2022, the total number of active cases stands at 72, with neither of the patients experiencing severe symptoms.
“Our Covid-19 treatment centres are empty, and the fourth wave appears to be over. In addition to these very low reported cases is the considerable improvement in the population’s availability and uptake of vaccines.”
He however urged the section of the population who have not received their COVID-19 Vaccines to take their jabs in order to ensure that the country reaches herd immunity.
“Whilst we have not achieved our national vaccination coverage target, it is significant to note that reasonable vaccination coverages have been achieved in the hotspots of infections, particularly in the urban areas of Greater Accra and Greater Kumasi.
“Government is determined to use all means to increase the deployment of vaccination across the country to achieve our target of vaccinating some 20 million Ghanaians by June,” he stated.