COVID: Gov’t urged to restrict attendance at Rawlings’ funeral

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As Ghana mourns the late President Jerry John Rawlings, the country’s medical practisioners are urging the government to restrict the number of persons attending the funeral of the ex-leader.

This was contained in a statement issued by the Ghana Medical Association (GMA) on Monday, January 25 amid growing concerns of a surge in the number of COVID-19 cases in the country.

Ghanaian leader Akufo-Addo on Sunday, led a government delegation to the Holy Spirit Cathedral in Accra where a burial service with a requiem mass was held for the ex-soldier.

The Accra International Conference Center is also hosting several dignitaries and other Heads of State who will file past his remains which is currently laying-in-state.

A number of activities have already been rolled out by the government prior to his burial on Wednesday, January 27, 2021.

But the Ghana Medical Association is urging the government to take a second look at such activities due to the upsurge of the virus.

But according to the GMA, such activities should be restricted due to the upsurge of COVID-19 infections in Ghana.

“Government should restrict the number of persons attending the state funeral for the late H.E. Flt. Lt. Jerry John Rawlings and rather encourage people to follow proceedings on television and other social media platforms.”

Meanwhile, it also added “Government should as a matter of urgency restrict social activities such as parties, church services, funerals, clubs and other social gatherings of such nature.

“The markets should be regulated and as much as possible restricted.”

Ghana is currently experiencing a third wave of COVID-19 infections.

The country has over 3,000 active cases as of the late update by the Ghana Health Service (GHS).

This has led to an over stretch of the health facilities in the country.

The Greater Accra, Ashanti, Central and Western regions are leading with high number of the active cases.

Source: Daily Mail GH

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