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COVID-19: NPP ‘bans’ health walks, mini rallies

The governing New Patriotic Party (NPP) has expressed concern about the total disregard for the COVID-19 safety protocols during health walks

The New Patriotic Party (NPP) is advising its sympathisers and regional campaign teams to limit campaign activities that involve mass gatherings as part of measures to avoid a second wave of the novel coronavirus pandemic.

It follows a call by the President, Nana Akufo-Addo, for a strict adherence to the COVID-19 protocols as the nation continues to witness a sharp rise in active cases.

A statement signed by the General Secretary of the party, John Boadu, said such activities include health walks, floats, outdoor events and mini rallies.

The statement said: “The NPP is seriously concerned with the increasing spate of non-adherence to the health protocols on COVID-19 prevention by the Ghanaian public, particularly among the political class during these times of heightened campaign activities ahead of the 2020 general elections.”

It added: “As much as possible, health walks and mini rallies should be discouraged, especially where it is becoming difficult or impossible to enforce the safety protocols. The lives of our countrymen and women can certainly not be jeopardized on the altar of political expediency, and so, observance of the protocols cannot be compromised regardless of the times we are in.”

Consolidating enviable gains

According to the party, total disregard for the COVID protocols might erode the enviable strides made in fighting the pandemic.

“We certainly cannot, at this critical moment, throw caution to the wind and destroy all the laudable gains we have made in the fight against COVID-19, which have made Ghana the envy of the world. Just as majority of Ghanaians are committed to renewing the mandate of President Akufo-Addo in order to protect the many gains made by this government, it is also our expectation that we shall all strive to work at protecting and consolidating the gains we have made in the COVID-19 fight by strictly observing the safety protocols.”

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