President Akufo-Addo’s 13th Address To The Nation On Measures Taken To Contain COVID-19

  1. As of Saturday, June 27, 2020, Ghana’s case count stood at 17,351 positive cases, with 12,994 recoveries and 112 deaths (constituting 0.6 per cent of positives)
  2. Out of the 4,245 active cases, 30 persons are severely and critically ill
  3. A total of 294, 867 tests has so far been conducted, which is one of the highest on the continent
  4. The Ghana Health Service (GHS) has observed that most of the patients who have died of COVID-19, died on arrival or 48 hours after arrival.
  5. There should be no fear of stigmatisation or embarrassment with being diagnosed with CIVID-19
  6. All are encouraged to seek immediate medical attention at the nearest health facility when they experience COVID-19 related symptoms such as fever, persistent coughs and body pains, loss of taste and smell, and difficulty in breathing
  7. Most patients who are critically ill and need intensive care do indeed survive the virus when they seek medical health promptly
  8. Out of 53 patients admitted into intensive care units at the Ga East Medical Hospital and the UG Medical Centre, 44 have fully recovered and have been discharged
  9. The incentive package for health workers has been extended for another three months; all health workers will pay no income taxes for the month of July, August and September; all frontline workers will continue to receive additional allowance of 50 per cent of their basic salary per month
  10. Issues surrounding the payment of allowances to frontline health workers have been resolved; payments will be effected from the end of June
  11. The insurance package for health workers is still in place
  12. All are encouraged to strictly adhere to all the safety protocols and consume local foods as they remain “our weapon to combat the virus.”
  13. Final year JHS students are to return to school tomorrow, June 29, 2020 to prepare for their BECE exams; 532,000 students, 218,000 teaching and non-teaching staff and invigilators are to report
  14. All Junior High Schools across the country have been fumigated and disinfected
  15. Government has procured and distributed 45,000 Veronica Buckets, 90,00 gallons of liquid soap, 90,000 rolls of tissue paper, 40,000 thermometer guns, 750,000 pieces of 200ml sanitisers, and 2.2million reusable face masks
  16. Every student will be provided with three pieces of reusable face masks, i.e. two being provided tomorrow, and the third within a fortnight
  17. A COVID-19 sensitisation programme will be organised for all headteachers and the teaching staff from Monday, June 28, 2020
  18. There will be no more than 30 students in a class; students will report at 9a.m. and close at 1 p.m.
  19. There will no breaks outside the classroom; assembles and sporting events are banned; the use of classrooms for religious activities will also not be allowed
  20. Each basic school has been mapped to a health facility and care will be provided to the sick in the assigned health facilities.

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