COVID-19 cases rise: Akufo-Addo bans post-funeral and wedding receptions

President Akufo-Addo has announced a ban on post-funeral and wedding receptions as the country steps up efforts to fight COVID-19.

According to the President, funerals should not go beyond the two (2) hour time duration, and one-week funeral celebrations are restricted solely to family members, and should not exceed a duration of two (2) hours.

Speaking during his 26th national address on measures taken so far to fight COVID-19, On Sunday evening, President Akufo-Addo further directed that all events associated with funerals must be held in open-air spaces, there must be observance of the one (1) metre social distancing rule by sympathisers and the wearing of masks is mandatory.

He added that persons must respect the enhanced hygiene protocols and avoid handshakes.

As of Wednesday, 21st July 2021, ten (10) weeks later, the Ghana Health Services is now reporting that our total number of active cases stands at four thousand and ninety-four (4,094). A total of one million, three hundred and ninety-four thousand, five hundred and forty (1,394,540) tests have been conducted, out of which one hundred and one thousand,
one hundred and seventy (101,170) persons have been infected with the virus, and ninety-six thousand, two hundred and fifty-five (96,255) persons have recovered.

Sadly, thirty-six (36) more people have died from COVID over the last ten (10) weeks,
bringing the cumulative number of deaths to eight hundred and nineteen (819) since the onset of the pandemic. Greater Accra and Greater Kumasi Metropolitan areas remain the hotspots of infections.

This entire development is very alarming, especially as officials of the Ghana Health Service say the recovery rate is on the decline.


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