The National Democratic Congress (NDC) COVID-19 team has criticised the president on his decision to lift the partial lockdown imposed on some part of Greater Accra, Ashanti and Central Regions.
The president in his 7th address on measures taken against coronavirus to the nation on Sunday, 19th April 2020, lifted the partial lockdown which was placed on Accra, Tema, Kumasi and Kasoa.
But the NDC technical team on the novel coronavirus has labelled the decision as “premature and dangerous” which will most likely escalate the number of cases in the country.
The team believes the virus has not yet been brought under intense control to pave way for the lifting of the ban on the restriction of movement.
They explained that backlog of some 18,000 samples is yet to be tested which has the likelihood to produce some positive cases.
“We know for a fact that the backlog of tests from samples of 10,000 increased our cases from 600+ to 1000+. With over 18,000 samples yet to be tested, there is the probability that our cases will increase significantly”
They maintained that the backlog samples are from primary or secondary contacts who may, in turn, have made several contacts with other people whose results are yet to be ascertained.
President Nana Akufo-Addo stated that decision was taken to aid the country to undertake aggressive contact tracing of the infected persons.
But the NDC COVID-19 team cautions Ghanaians to debunk “false sense of security and stay safe at home, restrict non-essential movement and adhere to all health protocols prescribed by the authorities.”
President Nana Akufo-Addo’s decision has received mixed reactions from the general public though authorities maintain that the president was in consultation with the appropriate experts on the pandemic.