Prez Akufo-Addo Eases Restrictions As COVID-19 Case Count Rises Above 8,000

Ghana’s COVID-19 case count has increased from 7,881 to 8,017 after 136 new cases were recorded as announced by President Akufo-Aidoo on Sunday, May 31 during his 10th Address to the nation amid the coronavirus pandemic.

Out of the total cases recorded, 13 are severely ill, 3 critically and 1 on ventilator.

President Akufo-Addo said the number of recoveries has now increased from 2,841 to 2,947, an additional 106.

The death toll remain 36.

Gatherings should not be more than 100 people

President Akufo-Addo has introduced a phased approach of easing of restrictions especially in public gatherings and school attendance.

In his 10th address to the nation on measures being taken against the spread of COVID-19 he said effective 5th June, churches and mosques can start meeting with a maximum congregation of 100 and the mandatory wearing of nose mask.

“In addition to mandatory wearing of masks, a register of names and contact details of all worshippers must be provided; maximum duration of one hour per service,” he said.

School reopening

Schools have meanwhile been reopened effective 15th June for only final year students of Junior High, Senior High and Universities.

Indeed, final year university students are to report to their universities on 15th June; final year senior high school (SHS 3) students, together with SHS 2 Gold Track students, on 22nd June; and final-year junior high school (JHS 3) students on 29th June.”

“JHS 3 classes will comprise a maximum of thirty (30) students; SHS classes a maximum of twenty-five (25) students, and University lectures will take place with half the class sizes,” according to President Akufo-Addo.

Colleges of Education are also to reopen on the 15th of June for final year students to complete their exit examinations, he added.

Meanwhile, before the re-opening of schools and universities, the Ministry of Education, and the heads of public and private educational institutions, have been directed to fumigate and disinfect their institutions.

Each student, teacher, and nonteaching staff will be provided with re-usable face masks by the Ministry of Education. For the avoidance of doubt, all other educational facilities, private and public, for non-final year students, will remain closed.

“The Minister for Education, in the coming days, will outline, in detail, the specific guidelines for the safe reopening of our schools and universities,” the President stressed.

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