Information Minister of Ghana, Kojo Oppong-Nkrumah says that the social events taking place in cinemas, enclosed night clubs and beaches have led to the government’s reluctance to relax COVID-19 restrictions in these areas.
According to the minister, there are high-risk thresholds associated with the locations and activities when it comes to the spread of the novel coronavirus.
Speaking at the probe with Emefa Apawu, he clarified the risk levels remain high and may lead to an outbreak or a second wave of the virus.
“Take the night club, for example, you have alcohol, loud music, and people are straining to shout to get somebody to hear what they are saying. Therefore, the risk of spittle or droplets unto the third party remains pretty high,” said Oppong-Nkrumah.
Countries, like England, that were easy to open bars, cinemas, restaurants, beaches among others are facing outbreaks he added.
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However, Oppong-Nkrumah on Sunday said the president will continue to have wide-ranging discussions with stakeholders and advisors to examine the risk levels and to ensure smooth easing of restrictions.
The information minister further confirmed that the decision to open cinemas, beaches and others would be made on any day as long as the data checked to ensure a smooth transition.
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