Maintain the ban on social gatherings, keep borders closed – Ghana Medical Association to government


The Ghana Medical Association (GMA) has urged the government of Ghana to maintain the ban on social gatherings and keep the borders closed to avoid the importation of Covid-19 as cases continue to rise.

On April 19, President Akufo-Addo lifted restrictions imposed on the movement of persons on Greater Accra and Greater Kumasi and surrounding towns as part of efforts to control the spread of the coronavirus.

After the president lifted the restrictions, a decision backed by ‘scientific data’, the cases have shot up and many people have questioned the president’s decision to lift the imposed restrictions.

The GMA on May 9 released a statement urging the government to maintain the ban on social gatherings because of public neglect to preventive measures against the spread of Covid-19. The association also called on government to keep Ghana’s international borders closed.

According to figures from the Ghana Health Service, Ghana on May 9 recorded 251 more cases of Covid-19 sending the total case count to 4,263. Four more people have died from the disease, taking the death toll to 22.

However, 55 more people have recovered from the disease, taking that number to 378.

The regional case counts show that Greater Accra, Central and Ashanti have recorded new cases.

From 3,436 cases as of May 8, Greater Accra which remains Ghana epicentre now has 3,641 cases, an increase of 205.

Ashanti has 42 new cases sending the count there to 252 while the Central region recorded four new cases, taking its tally to 62.

Eastern region still has 96 cases, Western North 56, Western 35, Volta 32, Upper East 26, Oti 24, Upper West 20, Northern 16, North East 2 and Bono one.

Ahafo, Bono East and Savannah have yet to record any cases.

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