The West African Centre for Cell Biology of Infectious Pathogens (WACCBIP) at the University of Ghana has proposed further restrictions including a two-week lockdown to deal with the third wave of the COVID-19 pandemic in the country.
President Nana Akufo Addo in his 26th update on Sunday, July 25, 2021, on measures taken by the government against the spread of Covid – 19 urged citizens to continue observing the already laid down covid 19 safety protocols particularly the wearing of face masks to help prevent the spread of the virus.
The President also reinforced some restrictions including a ban on all post-event receptions and the limitation of the duration of weddings and funerals to two hours.
Speaking to UniversNews, Senior Research Fellow with the West African Centre for Cell Biology of Infectious Pathogens (WACCBIP) at the University of Ghana, Dr. Peter Quarshi stated that the current restrictions as it stands were not enough to deal the current surge in Covid – 19 cases.
He suggested that further restrictions including a lockdown would have sufficed in curtailing the recent spike in Covid 19 cases.
“…I wish they had gone further. I have said it before that I think we need to really take a hard look to see if we need to go tighten even to the point of a limited sought of lockdown for a few weeks…a week or two” he stated
Dr. Peter Quarshie also raised concerns over the non-capping of attendees to mass gatherings.
“I wish for instance numbers for these events would have been curtailed because unlike in the past where it was cut to 25 people…in this case for some reason, there was no restriction on numbers. It was a restriction on what can be done and the fact that it has to be held outside but really I would have wished they had gone further” he said
Ghana has in recent times seen a surge in its Covid – 19 case count recording at least 300 new cases every day– a development many health experts have attributed to the non – compliance to Covid – 19 safety protocols.
As of July 25, 2021, a total of 450 new cases has pushed the country’s active case to 4,983 with 823 deaths.