COVID-19: Second lockdown imminent - Oppong Nkrumah warns as active cases surge

COVID-19: Second lockdown imminent - Oppong Nkrumah warns as active cases surge

- Information Minister-designate has described as worrying the recent surge in active COVID-19 cases

- The active cases as of Monday, January 25, 2021, stand at 3, 286

- Meanwhile, China reportedly sent doctors to the country to help in the fight

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Information Minister-designate, Kojo Oppong Nkrumah, on Monday, January 25, 2021, said the Akufo-Addo administration is feverishly considering another lockdown as COVID-19 cases in the country continue to increase.

Ghana has since the inception of January witnessed an astronomical surge in case count. Active cases stand at 3, 286 as of the time of filing this report with six more deaths recorded, taking the number to 367.

COVID-19: Second lockdown imminent - Oppong Nkrumah warns as active cases surge
Image credit: Kojo Oppong Nkrumah
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“There’s a possibility of a lockdown and other restrictions,” the Information Minister-designate told journalists in Accra.

“If this trend continues, then yes that is where we are heading. I have to be very clear on that one that more restrictions could be introduced if this trend continues,” he stressed.

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China reportedly deployed a medical team, including frontline doctors to Ghana following the recent rise of cases in the country.

The medical team from China, the origin of the deadly contagion, includes 11 doctors in “various specialties.”

They have been trained on COVID-19 prevention and treatment in China, the leader of the team, Zhuang Shaohui, was quoted as saying.

“In particular, three medical specialists of our team have been on the frontline to combat the pandemic in China, whose practical experience, I believe, will also work here in Ghana,” Shaohui told Xinhua News Agency.

Moving away from COVID-19 news, the National Democratic Congress’ Members of Parliament (MPs) on the Appointment Committee of Parliament vowed to be thorough in their scrutiny of President Nana Akufo-Addo’s nominees for ministerial appointments.

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The deputy minority chief whip, Comfort Doyoe Cudjoe-Ghansah, the MPs further made a vow to reject any form of inducements to pass any of the nominees.

Cudjoe-Ghansah’s remarks aim at dispelling the heightening fears among supporters and members of the largest opposition party that their lawmakers are susceptible to inducements to pass the nominees without thorough scrutiny.

“Nobody is going to take bribes from anybody,” she told Accra-based Starr FM on Monday, January 25, 2021. “We have vowed not to take any penny from anybody because we know how people struggled to get us where we are.”

President Akufo-Addo on Thursday, January 21, 2021, announced that he intends to have 46 Ministers in his second term.

He presented the list of the Ministers-designate to Parliament on the same day to kick in the vetting and approval processes.

It concludes 30 Ministers and 16 Regional Ministers, eight being women—six Ministers and two Regional Ministers.

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Also, as part of his quest to cut down on his government size, the president scrapped the contentious Senior Minister Office as well as all the seven special Ministries he created in his first term.

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