President of the Republic of Ghana, H.E Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo has noted with wary the rising rate of non-compliance by the public to preventive etiquettes of the novel coronavirus in the country.

With regret, President Nana Addo issued an alert to Ghanaians that the negligence by the citizenry or the public could trigger a far worsening state of communal spread of COVID-19.

He mentioned that there has been a drop in compliance rate by the public relative to a previous survey, and this has been reported by the Ghana Health Service.

He disclosed that communities selected for the survey, primarily in Accra have shown an rather alarming drop in compliance to the preventive protocols.

“Indeed, the high compliance rate with mask wearing of persons surveyed by the Ghana Health Service in some selected areas of Accra, to which I referred optimistically in my last address, has, according to a new survey by the same Service, fallen alarmingly.

“This is not acceptable, as the enhanced hygiene, mask wearing and social distancing protocols must now be central features of our Iives, and they must continue to remain so for some time to come, until we see to the elimination of the virus from our country,” he emphasized.

President Nana Addo took the opportunity to remind the public of the repercursions of defying the preventive protocols.

“Let me remind those amongst us, who want to continue to disregard these protocols, that severe sanctions exist in our laws for such persons, who will want to endanger the rest of the population through their actions and negligence.

“The law enforcement agencies will, where necessary, apply these measures without fear or favour, ill-will or malice, and without recourse to a person’s ethnicity, gender or religion,” Nana Addo noted.

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