Re-impose ban on large funerals, weddings to reduce Covid-19 spike – Prof. Awandre

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Director of the West African Centre for Cell Biology of Infectious Pathogens (WACCBIP) at the University of Ghana wants government to re-impose the ban on large public gatherings as part of measures to curb the spread of the novel coronavirus.

The directive will come in handy as the country is beginning to witness what seems to be the second wave of Covid-19 surge, per Prof. Gordon Awandare’s deductions.

“I was quite surprised that the President didn’t put a ban on funerals and weddings and funerals.”

According to him, “people will always be irresponsible so if you give them the chance they will do it.”

Data from the Ghana Health Service (GHS) indicate that the rate of new cases recorded has increased significantly in recent weeks, a situation experts warn may overburden health facilities and lead to more fatalities if not checked.

On Sunday night, President Akufo-Addo in his address also revealed the detecting of a new variant, triggering a new phase of conversation amid his directive for schools to fully resume at this time.

The President called on the public to not let their guard down as he is ready to re-institute the partial lockdown if push comes to shove as the number of active cases inch closer to the 2,000 mark.

But speaking on PM Express, Prof. Gordon Awandare said a second ban on super-spreader events is crucial.

” I think some people still have big weddings and big funerals in the midst of this crisis so we need to just put the ban on them… or at least reduce the numbers to 100 like he did before,” the WACCBIP boss explained.

He also advised citizens to, on a personal level, “drawback our social interactions for one month continuously, we will all see that the wave will go down.”

“The longer we misbehave, the longer this current crisis will last,” he added.

Out of Ghana’s 58,065 confirmed Covid-19 cases, 352 have died with 55,789 recoveries/discharges.

351 new infections bring the country’s total number of active cases to 1,924 as of January 15, 2021.

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