Below is the full speech of President Nana Addo on the measures taken against the corona virus pandemic yesterday, May 16, 2021.
“I am embarking on a nine-day official working visit to France, Belgium and South Africa, as part of efforts being made to ensure our nation’s rapid and sustained post-Covid economic recovery, and have pre-recorded this update, prior to leaving the country.
I must, at the outset, express the gratitude of the nation to the National Chief Imam, Sheikh Osman Nuhu Sharubutu, and all Muslims across the country, for adhering to the request to have a subdued Eid ul-Fitr celebration, devoid of large public gatherings.
By and large, it is gratifying to note that many Ghanaians are adhering to the protocols, and it is heartening to see law enforcement agencies acting against persons and institutions flouting the regulations.
Until we vaccinate the requisite numbers of Ghanaians, and achieve herd immunity, which will help return our lives to normalcy, the Imposition of Restrictions Act, 2020 (Act 1012), will remain in force, and the security agencies will not relent in their efforts to enforce it.
We have seen a marked reduction in active cases, i.e., persons who currently have the virus, from five thousand, four hundred and forty-four (5,444) persons as at 26th February, to one thousand, three hundred and fourteen (1,314), as at 11th May.
Our rate of infection has dropped significantly from four hundred (400) a day when I last spoke to you to less than one hundred (100) now, and the number of persons who have recovered from the virus has also increased from seventy-seven thousand, nine hundred and seventy-two (77,972) to ninety-one thousand, one hundred and forty-six (91,146) within the same period.
One hundred and seventy-six (176) more persons, in that time, have also, unfortunately, lost their lives to COVID-19. Cumulatively, we have conducted one million, one hundred and twenty-one thousand, one hundred and sixty-eight (1,121,168) COVID tests.
Since I announced the arrival of the first batch of AstraZeneca vaccines from the COVAX facility, together with the procurement and receipt of others, we have rolled out two phases of our vaccination plan.
The first phase involved vaccinating a segment of the population in forty-three (43) districts, i.e., health workers, persons with co-morbidities, persons above the age of sixty (60), physically challenged persons, journalists, frontline security personnel, and a cross section of persons in the three arms of government.
The second phase involved vaccinating all other health workers across the country. Nearly a million people have now received the first dose of the vaccine
International vaccine politics and the unpredictability of the supply chain, as well as a third wave of infections in some countries in Europe and Asia, have meant that we have not been able to secure as many vaccines and vaccinated as many Ghanaians as we would have wanted at this stage. In spite of these obstacles, the target is to vaccinate some twenty million Ghanaians, i.e., the entire adult population of Ghana, by the end of the year.
In the past few days, Government has, through COVAX, received an additional three hundred and fifty-thousand (350,000) doses of AstraZeneca vaccines. These will be added to existing stock to provide the second jab for the three hundred and sixty-thousand (360,000) persons, in the forty-three districts in the Greater Accra, Ashanti and Central Regions, who received their first jabs from 1st to 9th March.
I am happy to announce that, beginning Wednesday, 19th May, to Wednesday, 26th May, the deployment of the second dose of vaccines will take place across the designated vaccination centres in the forty-three (43) districts, approximately twelve (12) weeks after the first jab, as the science prescribes. More details of the deployment will be communicated by the Ghana Health Service in the coming week.
Efforts are being made to ensure that those who received their first jabs after the 9th of March will, in due course, receive their second.
We are expecting an additional three hundred thousand (300,000) doses of Sputnik V vaccines, which have already been approved by the Food & Drugs Authority, to arrive in the country. As and when we make further progress in the acquisition of vaccines, the Ministries of Health and Information will make this known to you. We are making all efforts to achieve our overall vaccination target.
I want to reiterate, as captured in the travel directive jointly issued by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Regional Integration and the Ghana Health Service, that all non-essential trips to countries with high COVID-19 infection rates should either be cancelled or postponed. There will be plenty of time, God-willing, for such trips in the future. We will continue to review our travel restriction measures.
To prevent fake COVID-19 PCR certificates being used to enter our country, Government, through the Ministry of Health, has begun the process of digitising PCR test results to ensure ease of verification. The technology platform being used at KIA is based on standards set by the Africa Trust Travel and ECOWAS Biomars. All travellers arriving in Ghana must have test results or certificates bearing the trusted travel or biomars codes to be acceptable at KIA.
We have re-evaluated quality checks on testing at KIA, and we are satisfied with the sensitivity and specificity of the testing regime there. All arriving passengers who test positive will follow the laid down procedure. Those who test negative from designated COVID-19 hotspots, and testing negative at KIA, may be subjected to a repeat test on the third day of arrival.
Our fight against the virus, my fellow Ghanaians, is by no means over. The continuous havoc being experienced by some countries, as a result of the virus, is a testament to the fact that, until all countries have rid themselves of the virus, and have achieved herd immunity, none is safe.
So, let us all continue to adhere to the COVID-19 safety protocols that are now part of our day-to-day activities. We see the rewards for our compliance with the protocols, whenever we witness favourable scenarios in our fight against the virus, evidenced in the easing of some of the restrictions.
I am particularly happy that the significant investments we have made in ensuring compliance with the safety protocols have enabled us to open, in safety, all schools, private and public, at all levels, and I want to thank parents, teachers and students for making them work.
We have also put in place the necessary protocols that have allowed us to return to churches, mosques, workplaces, markets, stadia, and to travel. Our ability, however, to congregate in closed spaces, like cinemas, theatres and nightclubs, remains restricted.
In a move towards the reopening of cinemas and theatres, Government has engaged cinema owners and operators on a set of protocols and guidelines that need to be put in place and implemented by all operators before eventual re-opening. In the coming weeks, the Ghana Health Service and the Ghana Tourism Authority will be announcing these protocols and mandatory modalities, and work with the operators on a set of directives that will ensure the health and safety of all patrons and staff in all the facilities involved.
I remain optimistic that we can return our lives to normal if we co-operate and work together. Let the reduced rate of infections not lull us into a false sense of security; let us continue to adhere to the safety protocols, i.e., the enhanced hygiene and mask wearing protocols; let us take the vaccine when it gets to our turn; and let us continue to put our faith in Almighty God.
There is light at the end of the tunnel, our goal of zero active cases is in sight if we remain vigilant and steadfast.”
C/R:PALM WINE TAPPER 42 COLLAPSES AND DIE AFTER ATTEMPTED TO BUTCHER WOMAN 50 AT EKUMFI GYINANKOMA (Video)
A 42 year old palm wine tapper Kwabina Atta has collapsed and dies at Ekumfi Gyinankoma in the Ekumfi District of the Central Region.
The incident occurred Monday January 24,2022 in the morning 9:00am after attempting to butchers a banku seller Efua Grace at her house.
Investigation conducted by by our reporter, Douglas Oyiboh Amponsah, revealed that the suspect is fond of threatening to kill people in the Community.
Report also revealed that,the suspect used to cut down people’s plantains,and foodstuffs.
Speaking in an interview with the woman who the suspect threatens to kill her said,the suspect went to her house with sharping Cutlass and threatened to butcher her.
She said,in the process of exchanging words the suspect collapsed which makes the residents poured water on him used some of the water to washed his face but couldn’t response to them.
According to the victim,she didn’t touched the deceased but upon exchanging words he collapsed.
Some of the eyewitness who were at the scene rushed the deceased to Ekumfi Akroful Clinic and later referred him to Ajumako Government hospital but upon reaching the Ajumako hospital he was already dead according to the nurses.
The victim said,the suspect threatens to butcher her over mobile phone which doesn’t belongs to him which raises the exchanged of work.
The victim said,the Kwabina Atta reigned curses on her when they were exchanging words but collapses during the process.
The victim said she suspect it may be a spiritual issues too.
The body of the deceased has been deposited at Etuafua Mortuary at Ajumako Mando for Preservation and autopsy.
The case has been also reported to the Police for investigation.
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Reporter Douglas Oyiboh Amponsah
Story by Douglas Oyiboh Amponsah
C/R: MAN 45 MURDERED AND DUMPED ON ROADSIDE AT MANKESSIM (Photos)
Man believed to be in his middle 40’s has been killed and dumped along roadside at Mankessim in the Mfantseman Municipality of the Central Region.
The sad incident happened when people at the area saw the lifeless body of the deceased.
Investigation gathered by Goonlinegh.com revealed that,the deceased was not known to the people in the area so they believed he was killed elsewhere and was dragged along the roadside to the place.
some of the residents whose shop at where the deceased was dragged to said,they used to see the deceased passing by always to town but they don’t actually know where he comes from.
There was blood oozing from the deceased heard and some part of his body.
Some of the residents in an interview said,they are now living in fear and panic for seeing such incident,they said they are afraid same incidents will happen again at their area.
They are therefore calling on security protection at Mankessim.
They body of the deceased have been deposited to Saltpond Government Hospital Mortuary for Preservation and autopsy.
Meanwhile,the case has been reported to the Mankessim Police for Investigation.
No arrest has been made.
Big boost for Black Stars as Ajax Mohammed Kudus gets set to join team
Attacking midfielder Mohammed Kudus is reportedly set to join the Black Stars in Cameroon after receiving green light from Dutch giants Ajax.
Ajax are happy to allow Kudus to travel to Cameroon for the ongoing 2021 Africa Cup of Nations having assessed the 21-year-old following his return from injury.
Initially, Ajax were reluctant for Kudus to join the Black Stars as they claimed he wasn’t fit to play in the difficult tournament fresh off an injury.
Kudus has not played since November when he suffered the rib injury in the crucial 2022 FIFA World Cup qualifier against South Africa.
Kudus travelled for Ajax’s mid-season training in Portugal, where he seemed to have demonstrated he was ready to return to competitive action.
The Ghana Football Association (GFA) had been in contact with Ajax after Milovan Rajevac decided not to give up on Kudus and added him to the 28-man final squad.
According to the reports, GFA have arranged a flight to bring Kudus to Yaounde, where the Black Stars are currently based.
Kudus’ imminent arrival is a huge boost for the Black Stars who made a rough start as they were beaten 1-0 by Morocco on Monday at Ahmadou Ahidjo Stadium.
Kudus is now likely to feature in the crucial game against Gabon on Friday and then start on against debutants Comoros.