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COVID-19: Observe safety protocols during Christmas, urges Akufo-Addo

Nana Akufo-Addo appeals to Ghanaians to “err on the side of caution” by obeying all the safety protocols for COVID-19 during the festive season

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  • “Until then, and with barely a week to the Christmas festivities, which bring in its wake family reunions, parties and many social and religious gatherings, I urge all of us to err on the side of caution, and observe the COVID-19 safety protocols no matter where we find ourselves."

President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo has cautioned Ghanaians to observe the safety protocols during Christmas strictly to prevent the spread of COVID-19.

In his 20th televised address to the nation on Sunday (20 December), President Akufo-Addo appealed to Ghanaians to “err on the side of caution” and abide by the rules of engagement for avoiding the virus “no matter where we find ourselves”.

“I entreat all persons with underlying ailments, such as hypertension, diabetes, chronic liver disease and asthma, to pay particular attention to their health during the festive season,” the president advised.

COVID-19 vaccine

Akufo-Addo assured Ghanaians that “Ghana … is not going to be left behind in having access to the vaccines”, and added: “I am aware of the anxieties relating to the safety and efficacy of newly developed vaccines. The government will ensure that the COVID-19 vaccines to be deployed in the country are effective and are safe.

“I have put together a team of experts, from the relevant institutions and agencies, who are working assiduously towards the procurement and deployment of the vaccines in Ghana. The briefings held by the Ministry of Information will keep the nation updated on this matter.

“Until then, and with barely a week to the Christmas festivities, which bring in its wake family reunions, parties and many social and religious gatherings, I urge all of us to err on the side of caution, and observe the COVID-19 safety protocols no matter where we find ourselves,” he said.

Land and sea borders remain closed

Ghana’s land and sea borders have remained closed to human traffic since March when the first case of the novel coronavirus was imported into the country.

The president stressed that land and sea borders “will remain closed to human traffic until further notice. Beaches, pubs, cinemas and nightclubs remain closed until further notice.

“All other institutions that have been cleared to function are to continue to do so in strict adherence to the COVID-19 protocols.”

So far, Ghana has recorded 333 deaths out of 53,954 confirmed cases of COVID-19. The number of active cases stands at 946 and 52,675 individuals have recovered from the disease.

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