Information reaching Ghanaian Watch indicates that Eighty-five basic and senior high schools in the Ashanti Region have recorded cases of the coronavirus virus .
The Regional Health Director, Dr Emmanuel Tinkorang, hinted that 365 students and workers in the various schools have been infected whiles 254 have recovered.
Dr Tinkorang stated currently, 25 schools have active cases with 111 people infected.
He said the cases recorded in the schools include both the Alpha and Delta variants.
Speaking to the media ,Dr Tiinkorang expressed that most of the students have disregarded the COVID-19 safety protocols, leading to the spread of the disease.
Dr Tinkorang said the health service is working with the schools’ management to ensure the cases are reduced.
He called on the school authorities to ensure strict compliance with the COVID-19 protocols to protect the students from getting the disease
Meanwhile, President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo has stressed that the wearing of masks in public places is mandatory, adding that anyone who flouts this law will have him/herself to blame.
He described as ‘troubling’, the drastic fall in the high compliance rate of mask-wearing.
A failure to adhere to the COVID-19 protocols, according to the president, had led to the upsurge in COVID-19 cases in the country.
Addressing the country on COVID-19 for the 26th time, Nana Akufo-Addo said: “It is extremely troubling to note that the high compliance rate with mask-wearing has fallen alarmingly. The wearing of masks in public places, fellow Ghanaians, continues to be mandatory. There are no exceptions to this rule, and strict conformity with this protocol will be enforced. Anyone found to be flouting this directive will have him or herself to blame. We cannot afford anyone’s recklessness to endanger the lives of the majority of persons in the country.”
As part of measures to stop the spread of the virus, the president announced a ban on all post-funeral receptions and said one-week funeral anniversaries should be “restricted solely to family members, and should not exceed a duration of two hours”.
He also directed that all funerals should not go beyond two hours.
He also urged workplaces and their owners to run shifts as part of measures to stem the tide of the COVID-19 upsurge.