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General News of Tuesday, 21 April 2020

Source: Michael Ansah, Contributor

Coronavirus: Ghanaians told to observe safety protocols by authorities

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The Managing Director of Puma Energy Distribution Ghana Ltd, Henry Osei, has cautioned the public not to take for granted the decision by President Akufo Addo for the lockdown to be lifted.

In his view, Ghanaians should continue to observe strictly the protocols set out by government and its health authorities aimed at curbing the spread of the covid-19 virus.

His call comes on the heels of the announcement on Sunday by President Akufo Addo directing the lifting of the lockdown in Accra, Tema, Kasoa and Kumasi which has, somehow, given people the wrong impression that the danger associated with covid-19 is over.

Sharing his thoughts on President Akufo- Addo’s speech and his directives for the lockdown restrictions to be eased, Henry Osei says “We do not have to let our guards down as yet as the lifting of the restrictions does not in any way mean that the danger associated with the virus is over.”

According to him, the relaxation of the restrictions “should rather make all of us disciplined and responsible so as not to put ourselves in harm’s way or imperil the lives of those around us” he added.

“What we all need to do is to continue to observe the social distancing rule, wash our hands regularly with soap under running water, and use alcohol-based hand sanitizers as much as possible” he emphasized.

The announcement on the easing of restrictions by the President yesterday reportedly sent a large section of the populace in the lockdown zones into jubilation and there is high possibility that people will settle into their normal routines pre-covid-19, which will jeopardize the fight against the virus in the country and the strides made so far.

Ghana’s caseload has so far crossed the 1000 ceiling mark with the numbers likely to go up as health authorities continue to conduct testing of thousands of samples taken.