The President’s 16th address on measures taken to manage the Covid-19 was successfully delivered on Sunday, August 30, 2020 between 8pm and 8:15pm.
His Excellency Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo eased some earlier restrictions to aid Ghanaians go on with their normal duties.
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On reopening of Ghana airport, the President gave a strong assurance of possible reopening by September 1, 2020.
President also said, the active cases of Covid-19 is still on the decline. Comparing the last active Covid-19 cases (1,847) to the current active cases as at Friday, August 28, 2020, the cases has declines significantly to 1,059.
He pointed out that some regions with zero active cases are not obeying the Covid-19 rules especially the wearing of face masks.
The current survey by Ghana Health Service on wearing of mask in the selected areas in Accra has now reduced compared to the previous data. The President added that the recent poor adherence to the wearing of mask is not acceptable.
On reopening of Ghana’s airport, the President announced that the Kotoka International Airport will be opened effectively Tuesday September 1, 2020. He added that Ghana is very ready to test anyone who enters the country through the airport. All airlines that use the airport have been informed to strictly obey the laid down protocols. All persons using the port will undergo mandatory Covid-19 test before boarding an aircraft to Ghana and upon reaching Kotoka International Airport another 30 minutes PCR test will be conducted on all passengers. Those who test positive will be handed over to the health team for further action. Those who may test negative will be allowed to go to their various homes. Children below 5 years won’t be tested.
However, land and sea borders of the country will still remain closed
On Pre-tertiary education, the President directed that all JHS 2 students and SHS form two students should return to school from 5th October, 2020 to 14th December, 2020. The Junior High schools will operate at 30 students per class whiles SHS 2 students will operate at 25 students per class. They will spend a total of ten weeks and take their end of semester examinations. They will be supplied with all the necessary materials like veronica backet and face masks so they could adhere to the protocols. All students and their teachers including non-teaching staffs will also continue to enjoy one hot meal a day.
All visits to the various campuses and sporting activities on campus are still banned.
However Nursery to JHS 1 students and SHS 1 students will start school next year.
On tertiary institutions he stated that all tertiary institutions which has not yet conducted their final exams for the continuing students are allowed to go back to school to complete their various academic work.
Beaches, pubs and night clubs still remain closed until further notice.
On sports, the President said all contact sports particularly football will still remain at halt, but serious consultations are still on going to lift the restrictions. However all non-contact sports can go on as directed earlier.