President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo has noted that politicians who claim that the high number of coronavirus infection is a sign that his government is failing
“I know some political actors will want you to believe that our current numbers represent a failure on the part of Government. Do not begrudge them. They need to make such comments for their political survival,” the President indicated in his ninth address on measures to contain the coronavirus.
From his statement, it is quite clear that he is referring to former President John Mahama, who had claimed that a spike in the numbers was an indication that the government had lost the fight to contain the virus.
He had tweeted: “From 3,091 to 4,012 #COVID19 cases within 24 hours; Government is certainly failing the people of Ghana. Fear gripped many homes last night when the latest confirmed cases were released. And that is understandable. #COVID19 is real, my brothers and sisters.”
“I want to encourage you to protect yourself. Regular handwashing with soap and under running water is a must. Stay home but if you have to go out for any reason including work, wear your mask, take along a hand sanitizer, and always disinfect commonly used and touched surfaces.”
But the President has condemned his pronouncements, stressing that his claim is without merit and meant for partisan political reasons
“On the contrary, we must be emboldened in the knowledge that the four thousand, seven hundred (4,700) persons infected, so far, with the virus, have been identified, taken out of the population, isolated and are being treated”, he said
Meanwhile the President has extended the ban on social gatherings until the end of May 2020.