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Coronavirus: Government empowers security forces to enforce partial lockdown

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Government has empowered the security forces to enforce the partial lockdown of certain parts of the country in order to contain the spread of the COVID-19 virus, President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo, has said.

“Let me also reiterate that the ban on public gatherings, religious or social, is still in force. Anyone, irrespective of status, religion or ethnicity, who is found to be flouting them will be dealt with fully in accordance with the law,” President Akufo-Addo stated in his address to the nation on Friday on the COVID-19 outbreak in the country.

“The security services have been clothed with the necessary power to enforce these measures, and I assure you that they will do so responsibly, but without fear or favour, ill-will or malice,”

He said the Government had succeeded in halting any more importations of the virus into the country; adding that “and I thank the overwhelming majority of you for adhering to the good hygiene and social distancing protocols announced in my first broadcast to you”.

He said, however, prevailing circumstances meant that stricter measures had to be put in place to contain and halt the spread of the virus within the country, especially in Accra, Tema, Kasoa and Kumasi, which were identified by the Ghana Health Service as the “hotspots” of the infections.

“In doing this, we cannot afford to copy blindly, and do all the things some other well-developed countries are doing,” he stated.

He said there was no one-size-fits-all approach to this pandemic; adding that the situation the country was unique and the Government must take it into account in dealing with the disease, whilst meeting all the six key World Health Organisation (WHO) guidelines on the most effective ways of combating the pandemic.

“Even though it may be said that the number of our infections is still, relatively, low, if we act now purposefully, we have a chance of preventing an escalation of our numbers,” he said.

“So, effective 1 am on Monday, 30th March, some forty-eight hours from now, I have imposed, pursuant to the powers granted the President of the Republic, under the Imposition of Restrictions Act, 2020 (Act 1012), restrictions on the movement of persons in the Greater Accra Metropolitan Area (GAMA), which include; Awutu Senya East), and the Greater Kumasi Metropolitan Area and contiguous districts, for a period of two weeks, subject to review.”

He said it would give the Government the opportunity to try to halt the spread of the virus, and scale-up effectively contact tracing of persons who had come into contact with infected persons, test them for the virus, and, if necessary, quarantine and isolate them for treatment, should they prove to have the virus.

“This, in essence, means that everyone resident in these areas must stay at home for the next two weeks. However, if you must go out, it must only be to get essential items such as food, medicine, water, undertake banking transactions, or to use public toilet facilities. But, as much as possible, stay at home.”

He noted that there shall be, during this period, no inter-city movement of vehicles and aircraft for private or commercial purposes for the areas of the restrictive measures, except for vehicles and aircrafts providing essential services and those carrying cargo.

He said riders of motorbikes were not allowed to carry any additional person, and all intra-city passenger vehicles, such as trotros and taxis, must reduce the number of passengers in order to observe appropriate social distancing and hygiene protocols.

The President said additionally, all commercial vehicle stations shall observe appropriate hygiene protocols and social distancing; declaring that the Ministry of Transport had engaged the transport operators and unions in this regard.

He said the Ministry of Local Government and Rural Development also engaged with the Metropolitan, Municipal and District Assemblies and the leaders of the market associations in the country to make satisfactory arrangements about the operation of the markets that ensure observance of social distancing and enhanced hygiene protocols; in any event, only persons involved in the food value chain can operate in the markets during this period.

President Akufo-Addo said to accelerate the contact tracing process and ensure curtail the spread of the virus in the shortest time, we will use the military and police to assist health authorities to expedite the process.

He said the Government would also pursue a policy of testing all contacts of people tested positive.

“It is very important that we protect all health care providers with Personal Protective Equipment (PPEs) to make sure they do not contract the virus in the process of protecting our lives,” the President said.

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Video of NPP And NDC Campaign Teams Allegedly Fighting In James Town Goes Viral

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A video that has stormed social media has both NPP and NDC campaign team clad in party colours involved in a bottle fight has gone viral.

According to Instagram blog thosecalledceleb, the event took place at James Town in Accra.

The said men captured in the video were seen chasing one another and some also throwing stones and bottles at each other. The exact cause of the fight is yet to be known.

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NPP and NDC Supporters Clash at Accra Jamestown. A peace walk by supporters of the New Patriotic Party (NPP) and National Democratic Congress (NDC) turned violent in Jamestown in the Odododiodio constituency this morning, Sunday October 25, 2020. . According to sources, the fight was intense on the ‘Atta Mills Highway’ at a popular junction known as ‘One Way’. . It is not clear what spark the supporters of incumbent NDC MP, Nii Lante Vanderpuye and NPP’s Nii Lante Bannerman to start violent exchanges. . The police say both parties have written their statements about what started the violence. So far, the number of injured or possible fatalities is yet to be confirmed.

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Nana Akufo-Addo Will Not Live To Celebrate His Victory In December – Odifour Kwabena Tawiah Says (Video)

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Many prophecies have been heard on the coming Presidential elections. It gets worse as the date draws nearer.

A Ghanaian Prophet, Odifour Kwabena Tawiah has stated that President Akufo -Addo will not live to see his re-election after the December 7 election.

The self styled man of God said in a video addressed to the office of the resident that some allies and close confidants have planned to strike him with sickness and that will be the end of the NPP flag-bearer.

He added that the President will win the elections come December but not survive the sickness and will never get the chance to assume his seat for the second term.

Watch him speak below.

 

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A Plus Defends Akufo-Addo’s Daughters Amid Sammy Gyamfi’s Corruption Allegations

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Musician and Political activist, Kwame A Plus has defended the daughters of President Akufo-Addo after the National Communications Officer of the NDC, Sammy Gyamfi accused them of using their father’s name and influence to siphon money.

Sammy Gyamfi, yesterday on the NDC’s sponsored Programme on UTV accused the President’s daughters of using their father’s influence to collect money from state agencies and corporations in the name of their foundation.

However, General Manager of Class Media Group, A Plus believes the NDC communications officer’s accusations are unfair considering the amount of support the President’s daughters have offered to needy and vulnerable persons through their foundation.

A Plus however stated that this is the same thing the NPP did to Mr Ibrahim Mahama, brother of former President John Mahama during the previous administration.

 

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