55% of Ghanaians call for second lockdown to curb rising cases of coronavirus-Poll
London, May 26, 2020 (AltAfrica)-Plans by the Ghanaian government to further ease the lockdown and allow more retailers to open up shops have been severely damaged by a public poll suggesting that many Ghannaians would prefer a second wave of lockdown over concerns occasioned by rising figures of new coronavirus cases
Public opinion poll conducted by GhanaWeb on whether the government should impose another lockdown in the country indicate that 55.14% representing were in favour of another lockdown to ease the spread of COVID-19.
Meanwhile, only 40.96% representing voted against the idea of any further restrictions.
The only respite for the government is the relative size of the poll sample which appears to be very insignificant and may not be considered representative enough.
The current population of Ghana is about 31,003,853 as of Tuesday, May 26, 2020, based on Worldometer elaboration of the latest United Nations data. and respondents are less than one thousand.
In the heat of this discussion, President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo on Sunday, May 24, 2020, indicated that plans are underway to further ease the coronavirus restrictions adding that, “we have to find a way back, but in safety, for we cannot be under these restrictions forever.”
A study conducted by GhanaWeb on the impact of coronavirus on businesses proved that the beauty industry, event organizers, private school owners, fashion designers, among other service providers have been greatly hit by the Coronavirus crisis. Thus the need to ease the restrictions in other to save these businesses.
Right from the time government lifted the 3-week partial lockdown in some parts of the country, the move has been greeted with diverse reactions.
To a larger section of Ghanaians, the increasing number of coronavirus cases require stricter measures to halt the spread of the virus. Some citizens, on the other hand, believe the virus do not exist
Meanwhile, Ghana has recorded 156 new coronavirus cases, bringing the national tally to 6,964.
During a press briefing at the Ministry of Information on Tuesday, May 26, 2020, the Ghana Health Service (GHS) announced new cases in 5 out of the 16 regions in the country.
Director-General of the GHS, Dr. Patrick Kumah Aboagye, said during the briefing that Western Region, which has recorded 57 new cases, was fast becoming the new hotspot for the disease.
“The total count 6,964 out of which 2,097 have recovered…this is just a tip of the iceberg because as we ramp up testing of those who have recovered, we will get more,” Dr Aboagye said.
Fifteen people, he said, are battling with severe conditions of the disease but the number of deaths from the disease still stands at 32.
He revealed further that none of the 15 severe cases is on a ventilator. Eleven of the severe cases are being treated in hospitals in Accra, three in Kumasi and one in Ho, the GHS boss said.