President Akufo-Addo says the increase in a number of people testing positive for the new coronavirus is not a failure of government’s efforts to contain the pandemic.
He said, on the contrary, the numbers are going up due to accelerated efforts by government to test more people and the contacts of those that test positive.
Without these enhanced efforts, Akufo-Addo says the numbers — which stand at 4,700 as of Sunday evening, would only have been at 1,413 — more than 3,200 less.
He said these people would have been in the population and unknowingly infecting more people, save for government’s efforts.
Speaking in his ninth televised address on government’s efforts to contain the outbreak, Akufo-Addo urged Ghanaians not to begrudge political actors who link the increase in numbers to government’s failure.
“They need to make such comments for their political survival,” Akufo-Addo said.
Lifting lockdown a terrible gamble
On Thursday, the Minority in Parliament cited lifting of the lockdown in Accra and other hotspots in the country as a causal factor to the spike in cases