Number of COVID-19 cases in Ghana will determine if lockdown will be extended or not – Deputy Health Minister-Designate
Deputy Health Minister-Designate, Dr. Bernard Okoe Boye has revealed that the number of lockdowns will be extended based on the number of COVID-19 cases.
According to Dr. Okoe Boye during his Parliamentary vetting session said:
“If after the lockdown, you have a curve that is rising or that are going up, then you have to either maintain your measures or escalate them.”
“So if you have a partial lockdown and at the time you imposed that lockdown you had only 400 cases and now with the partial lockdown, your cases have increased to 2,000 obviously, you must be interested in where the cases are coming from. You’d want to know the source of the cases whether they were imported cases or person to person (communal). But if you look at our situation now, we have 636 cases but the numbers that are adding on, are not necessarily new cases but are old samples and are due to the limit in our testing capacity.”
“So some of the positive cases now are actually samples taken a week or two ago…So after all these are done and the net graph you are having is a graph that is not at the top…then you try to ease your measures but if your graph is pointing upwards then you don’t have to be hasty in lowering your measures but rather keep your measures or escalate them so everything will be driven by the science of it.”