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Coronavirus: Ghana records 172 positive cases at KIA – Akufo-Addo

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President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo has indicated that 172 positive Coronavirus cases have been recorded among some passengers arriving in the country at the Kotoka International Airport (KIA).

In his 19th televised address to the nation on Sunday, November 8, 2020, he stated that the government is doing everything possible to limit the importation of Coronavirus to the country.

Akufo-Addo said, airlines must ensure that passengers arriving in the country comply with the 72-hours negative PCR test result directive.

He said the government will continue to sanction airlines that flout the COVID-19 directives for arriving passengers.

“With the imposition of stringent testing measures at the airport, we have, so far, been able to detect 172 positive cases amongst some 54,000 arriving international passengers. The airport authorities will continue to demand that passengers arriving in the country should be in possession of a 72-hour old negative PCR test, and we will continue to sanction airlines that flout this directive.

“The health authorities will intensify the follow-up process of arriving passengers, even when they have tested negative to help ensure we have ruled out any possible infection that may have occurred during the period of embarkation and disembarkation,” Akufo-Addo explained.

In the area of testing, the president noted that, the Ministry of Health has been tasked, through the Ghana Health Service, “to liaise with all laboratories and testing facilities across the country to ensure that reporting procedures are ironed out and adhered to.”

 

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EC publishes 2020 Special Voters list

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The Electoral Commission (EC) has announced the publication of the special voters’ list for the December 7 polls.

The special voting list is to pave way for individuals who will perform special duties on December 7 vote ahead of the big day.

It covers security, media personnel, and election officials who will be unable to vote at the polling stations where they registered.

The EC, in a statement, noted that the list is available on its website for the individuals who fall within the set categories to check their names.

It added soft copies of the special voters’ register have been provided to the representatives of organisations participating in the exercise to enable their members to verify their details and locations ahead of time.

Meanwhile, the special voting exercise has been scheduled for Tuesday, December 1, 2020.

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Fuel prices likely to increase next year

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Executive Director for the Chamber of Petroleum Consumers Ghana (COPEC), Duncan Amoah, has said prices of petroleum products are likely to increase next year.

According to Mr Amoah, the likely price increments is due to the change in US government.

He posits that the new US government, headed by Joe Biden, is more inclined to environmental protection and as such might put a cap on the volumes of oil produced by the US.

“The Democrat party which is now coming into government is more concerned about environmental issues and are more likely to put a cap on oil production because they believe it destroys the environment,” he stated.

“So if a cap is placed on the volume of oil production from the US, supply side is going to take a hit and oil prices for 2021 might go beyond the $50 mark and what that means for us as a country who imports finished oil products, will be to pay more for it,” he added.

The Executive Director of COPEC made the projection on the sidelines of a workshop to educate the media on energy and petroleum issues.

Norvanreports.com

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“Nana Addo will win 2020 election” according to University of Ghana study

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According to a study conducted by the Political Science Department of the University of Ghana, NPP’s Nana Addo will come out as the winner of the forth coming 2020 elections.

The research spanned 100 constituencies purposively selected across all 16 regions with 11,949 respondents out of a targeted 12,000 in a random sampling manner.

According to the survey, 51.7% of respondents said they will vote for the incumbent President Akufo-Addo while 40.4% opted for the flagbearer of the National Democratic Congress (NDC) John Mahama.

The survey which was carried out between November 12 to 22 this year was presented by Kaakyire Duku Frempong, a lead researcher on the project.

Speaking to the press, he explained that 80.9% of respondents said their decision on who to vote for was final.

Furthermore, 53.5% of respondents also believe the NPP-led government has delivered on its promises made during the 2016 election campaign.

However, the Ghana Union Movement (GUM) came third in the hierarchy of the respondents’ decision with regards to their preferred party with 1.3%.

“Maybe GUM is becoming the third force,” Mr Frempong added.

The survey also showed that 3.7% of the respondents are yet to decide who they will vote for on December 7, 2020.

The rationale behind the survey was to study the dynamics, choices, issues, policies and programmes of political parties and candidates as the December 7 presidential and parliamentary elections approach.

Source: myjoyonline.com

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