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“Our survival is in our hands” with regards to the fight against COVID-19 President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo has said.
Addressing the nation in a televised address on Sunday, 15 June 2020 Nana Akufo-Addo noted that: “If we are lax and inattentive, we will continue to have serious challenges with the virus. If we are mindful and self-discipline, we have it in us to defeat this pandemic, and help return our lives to normalcy”.
As of the midnight of 13 June 2020, the total number of COVID-19 cases stood at 11,964, out of the 254, 331 tests conducted, 4, 258 recoveries and 54 deaths.
As part of measures to slow the spread of the virus, Nana Akufo-Addo said the wearing of face masks is now mandatory.
He warned that anybody who goes out without wearing one will be dealt with by the police.
“It is important for me to remind residents of the Greater Accra and Ashanti Regions, where the great majority of cases have been recorded, and in the Western and Central Regions, where we are seeing an increase in infection cases, to continue to adhere strictly to the social distancing and enhanced hygiene protocols announced. With the doctors and scientists telling us that the virus is transmitted from human contact, through talking, singing, coughing and sneezing, which results in sending droplets of the virus from one person to another, residents of these four regions, and, indeed, all Ghanaians, must remember that the wearing of masks is now mandatory. Leaving our homes without a face mask or face covering on is an offence”, he said.
“The police have been instructed to enforce this directive, which is the subject of an Executive Instrument…let me repeat: our survival is in our own hands,” the President added.