- According to the municipality, the move was to ensure the containment of the outbreak
- This comes as the country’s active cases keep shooting up
- Nine more people died from the virus as at the time of filing this report
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With increasing active COVID-19 cases and a surge in deaths nationwide, residents of Abuakwa North Municipal Assembly in the Eastern Region have been ordered “not to bring corpses” home before burial.
Corpses must be moved straight from mortuaries to cemeteries for private burials with less or no more than 25 mourners, authorities in the municipality directed, StarrFM.com.gh reported.
Citing a statement issued by Ruth Woode, the Municipal Coordinating Director, the outlet further reported that funerals have been banned indefinitely in the Municipality, as authorities in the country scramble to contain the second wave of the outbreak.
With the Region currently having 174 confirmed cases of the deadly contagion with nine deaths since January 2021, the municipality urged the Police, Assembly members, funeral committees, and other stakeholders to help ensure strict of the directive.
In an earlier report by YEN.com.gh, COVID-19 killed nine more people in the country, bringing the country’s death toll to 449.
A total of 791 new COVID-19 cases were also recorded, shooting up the active cases to 6,095, according to the Ghana Health Service (GHS) website.
Ghana has now recorded 70,046 cases with a total of 63,502 recoveries.
Currently, there are 126 and 46 persons in severe and critical conditions respectively.
A member of WHO’s committee for COVID-19, Prof Helen Rees, warned that the world will only return to normal times well into 2022.
According to the South African, who is one of the world’s leading scientists, normalcy would likely return after high coverage of the vaccines.
"I think this new normal we all talk about is with us for a very long time,” Rees told the BBC.
Ghana is set to receive the first batch of the over 17 million vaccines the country is expecting in March 2021.
The country has been earmarked as one of the 145 counties of the UN-led COVAX Facility to take delivery of 2.4 million doses of the AstraZeneca vaccine which is licensed to the Serum Institute of India (AZ/SII).
The delivery is estimated to begin before the end of February.
The vaccine is expected to be administered to persons in key sectors such as health workers in the first quarter.
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