Excerpts From COVID-19 Update No. 25 By President Akufo-Addo

President Akufo-Addo

President Nana Addo Danquah Akufo-Addo a while ago addressed the nation on measures taken to against the spread of Coronavirus.

The latest update, which is update number 25 provided an update on the current situation in the country as far as the Coronavirus pandemic is concerned.

Check the full excerpts below

May be an image of 1 person and text that says 'UPDATE UPDATENo.25: No.25: MEASURES TAKEN AGAINST SPREADRAVR OF CORONAVIRUS 1 I am embarking on a nine-day official work- ing 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.'

May be an image of 1 person and text that says 'UPDATE No.25: MEASURES TAKEN AGAINST SPREAD OF CORONAVIRUS 2 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.'

May be an image of 1 person and text that says 'UPDATE No.25: MEASURES TAKEN AGAINST SPREAD OF CORONAVIRUS 3 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.'

May be an image of 1 person and text that says 'UPDATE No.25: HEASURES TAKENAGAINST SPREAD +F CORONAVIRUS 4 Until WD vaccinate the requisite numbers of Ghanaians and ochieve herd mmunity, which will nelp retum our hves to noral- 9V the Imposition of Restrictions Act. 2020 (Act 1012). will romain በ force, and the security agencies will not relent n their efforts to enforce t.'

May be an image of 1 person and text that says 'UPDATE No.25: MEASURES TAKEN AGAINST SPREAD OF CORONAVIRUS 5 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 Feb- ruary, to one thousand, three hundred and fourteen (1,314), as at 11th May.'

May be an image of 1 person and text that says 'UPDATE No.25: MEASURES TAKEN AGAINST SPREAD OF CORONAVIRUS 6 Our rate of infection has dropped signifi- cantly 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 in- creased from seventy-seven thousand, nine hundred and seventy-two (77,972) to nine- ty-one thousand, one hundred and forty-six (91,146) within the same period.'

May be an image of 1 person and text that says 'UPDATE UPDATENo.25: No.25: MEASURES TAKEN AGAINST SPREAD OF CORONAVIRUS 7 One hundred and seventy-six (176) more persons, in that time, have also, unfortu- nately, lost their lives to COVID-19. Cumula- tively, we have conducted one million, one hundred and twenty-one thousand, one hundred and sixty-eight (1,121,168) COVID tests.'

May be an image of 1 person and text that says 'UPDATE No.25: MEASURES TAKEN AGAINST SPREAD OF CORONAVIRUS 8 Since I announced the arrival of the first batch of AstraZeneca vaccines from the COVAX facility, together with the procure- ment and receipt of others, we have rolled out two phases of our vaccination plan.'

May be an image of 1 person and text that says 'UPDATE No.25: MEASURES TAKEN AGAINST SPREAD OF CORONAVIRUS 9 The first phase involved vaccinating aseg- a seg- ment 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.'

May be an image of 1 person and text that says 'UPDATE No.25: MEASURES TAKEN AGAINST SPREADOFCORONAVIRUS OF CORONAVIRUS 10 The second phase involved vaccinating all other health workers across the country. Nearly a million people have now receivec the first dose of the vaccine.'

May be an image of 1 person and text that says 'UPDATE No.25: MEASURES TAKEN AGAINST SPREAD OF CORONAVIRUS 11 International vaccine politics and the unpre- dictability 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.'

May be an image of 1 person and text that says 'UPDATE No.25: MEASURES TAKEN AGAINST SPREAD OF CORONAVIRUS 12 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 hun- dred and sixty-thousand (360,000) per- sons, in the forty-three districts in the Great- er Accra, Ashanti and Central Regions, who received their first jabs from 1st to 9th March.'

May be an image of 1 person and text that says 'UPDATE No.25: MEASURES TAKEN AGAINST SPREAD OF CORONAVIRUS 13 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 designat- ed vaccination centres in the forty-three (43) districts, approximately twelve (12) weeks after the first jab, as the science pre- scribes. More details of the deployment will be communicated by the Ghana Health Ser- vice in the coming week.'

May be an image of 1 person and text that says 'UPDATE UPDAEo.25: No.25: MEASURES TAKEN AGAINST SPREAD OF CORONAVIRUS 14 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.'

May be an image of 1 person and text that says 'UPDATE UPDATENo.25: MEASURES TAKEN AGAINST SPREAD OF CORONAVIRUS 15 We are expecting an additional three hun- dred thousand (300,000) doses of Sputnik 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.'

May be an image of 1 person and text that says 'UPDATE No.25: MEASURES TAKEN AGAINST SPREAD OF CORONAVIRUS 16 I want to reiterate, as captured in the travel di- rective jointly issued by the Ministry of For- eign Affairs and Regional Integration and the Ghana Health Service, that all non-essential trips to countries with high COVID-19 infec- tion rates should either be cancelled or post- poned. There will be plenty of time, God-will- ing, for such trips in the future. We will contin- ue to review our travel restriction measures.'

May be an image of 1 person and text that says 'UPDATE No.25: MEASURES TAKEN AGAINST SPREAD OF CORONAVIRUS 17 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 stan- dards 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.'

May be an image of 1 person and text that says 'UPDATE UDAEo.25: No.25: MEASURES TAKEN AGAINST SPREAD OF CORONAVIRUS 18 We have re-evaluated quality checks on test- ing at KIA, and we are satisfied with the sensi- tivity and specificity of the testing regime there. All arriving passengers who test posi- tive 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.'

May be an image of 1 person and text that says 'UPDATE No.25: MEASURES TAKEN AGAINST SPREAD OF CORONAVIRUS 19 Our fight against the virus, my fellow Ghana- ians, IS 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 them- selves of the virus, and have achieved herd immunity, none is safe.'

May be an image of 1 person and text that says 'UPDATE UDAEo.25: No.25: MEASURES TAKEN AGAINST SPREAD OF CORONAVIRUS 20 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 re- wards 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.'

May be an image of 1 person and text that says 'UPDATE UPDATENo.25: No.25: MEASURES TAKEN AGAINST SPREAD OF CORONAVIRUS 21 I am particularly happy that the significant in- vestments we have made in ensuring compli- ance with the safety protocols have enabled us to open, in safety, all schools, private and public, at all levels, and want to thank par- ents, teachers and students for making them work.'

May be an image of 1 person and text that says 'UPDATE UPDAEo.25: No.25: MEASURES TAKEN AGAINST SPREAD OF CORONAVIRUS 22 We have also put in place the necessary pro- tocols 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.'

May be an image of 1 person and text that says 'UPDATE No.25: MEASURES TAKEN AGAINST SPREAD OF CORONAVIRUS 23 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 im- plemented by all operators before eventual re-opening. In the coming weeks, the Ghana Health Service and the Ghana Tourism Authori- ty will be announcing these protocols and mandatory modalities, and work with the oper- ators on a set of directives that will ensure the health and safety of all patrons and staff in all the facilities involved.'

May be an image of 1 person and text that says 'UPDATE No.25: MEASURES TAKEN AGAINST SPREAD OF CORONAVIRUS 24 I remain optimistic that we can return our lives to normal if we co-operate and work to- gether. Let the reduced rate of infections not lull us into a false sense of security; let us con- tinue to adhere to the safety protocols, i.e., the enhanced hygiene and mask wearing pro- tocols; let us take the vaccine when it gets to our turn; and let us continue to put our faith in Almighty God.'

May be an image of ‎1 person and ‎text that says '‎UPDATE No.25: MEASURES TAKEN AGAINST SPREAD OF CORONAVIRUS 25 There is light at the end of the tunnel, our goal of zero active cases is in sight ۔ if ifwe we remain vigilant and steadfast.‎'‎‎

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