COVID-19: We have not called for a lockdown - Noguchi clarifies

COVID-19: We have not called for a lockdown - Noguchi clarifies

- Noguchi Memorial Institute for Medical Research has denied reports that the government should enforce a lockdown to curtail the spread of the coronavirus

- There was an earlier report stating that the NMIMR suggested a lockdown

- A section of Ghanaians also believe that if the country is put on lockdown, the spread of the virus will be curtailed

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The Noguchi Memorial Institute for Medical Research (NMIMR) has denied reports that the government should enforce a lockdown to curtail the spread of the coronavirus.

According to a report filed by the Daily Graphic, the institute at the forefront of all the COVID-19 testing called for a lockdown on human movement as a proactive solution to the pandemic.

Meanwhile, a representative has come out to deny the report that the NMIMR is calling for a complete lockdown per the report carried by the Daily Graphic.

He made this known while addressing a presser held by the Ministry of Information regarding the COVID-19 pandemic.

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The report stated that, in an exclusive interview with the Daily Graphic, the Director of the NMIMR, Professor Abraham Annan, said such measures were necessary to avoid contact with those who had been exposed to the virus.

When asked if Ghana had reached the stage for a human lockdown to stop a community spread, he said:

“In a way, if we are very proactive, then it is yes. But we seem to be a bit more careful and watchful, other than that it is the way to go now."

A section of Ghanaians also believe that if the country is put on lockdown, the spread of the virus will be curtailed.

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In other news, the number of coronavirus otherwise known as COVID-19 cases in Ghana has risen from 27 to 52 cases after individuals who were mandatorily quarantined have recorded 25 new cases.

It is reported that since the mandatory quarantine exercise was strictly enforced according to the directives of the President of Ghana, 1030 people have been mandatorily quarantined.

Out of the number, 611 samples were picked up from the cohort out of which 25 have tested positive for the deadly coronavirus.

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