The Ghana Health Service has dismissed suggestions that political rallies are causing a spike in COVID-19 cases across the country.
Addressing a press conference on Wednesday, the Director-General of the Ghana Health Service, Dr Patrick Kuma Aboagye, said scientific data does not support claims that the spike in COVID-19 in the country are as a result of political rallies.
Dr Kuma-Aboagye advised Ghanaians to be more cautious and concerned about being in enclosed places with no ventilation rather than open spaces.
“For the rallies, it’s about science and data and there’s no evidence that any rally has led to an outbreak but even in all that, if the rallies were causing the outbreaks, the rallies don’t only occur in Accra because the larger rallies occur outside Accra and we’re not seeing any outbreaks there but that is not to say that we’re not being cautious”.
“We’re still talking to people about the use of masks and we’ve explained to the parties that they should encourage the use of masks. Because it’s an open space, ventilation is ok and the virus doesn’t do well under such environment.
“Of course after the event, people will move into small spaces and that changes the dynamics and, so, people must still wear the mask for protection at all places. There are riskier areas…so it’s the enclosed areas that we must be more careful about”.
Ghana has so far recorded a total of 51,184 cases across the country with 50,029 recoveries and discharges.
323 have so far died from killer bug with active cases dropping to 832.