Information Minister Kojo Oppong Nkrumah has challenged claims that heightened political gatherings are contributing to the rise of COVID-19 cases in the country.
According to him, data on the rise of the virus does not support such assumptions.
“I have heard that argument that it must be the politicians because they are having activities, walks etc. The data of the national spread of this recent rise that we have had, if it is true, then we should be seeing widespread cases in all of these regions where you are having all of these activities.
“If it is true, the data should support it. But the data does not support that. It is a nice argument to make especially if you want to take politicians on but the data is not supporting it,” he noted at a press conference in Accra Monday.
COVID-19 cases on the rise in Ghana
Ghana’s active cases in the ongoing COVID-19 fight has increased to 1156 from less than 330 a little over a month ago.
In the latest update released by the Ghana Health Service, the country has recorded 198 new cases taking the country’s total number of infections to 49,202.
In total, 47,726 people have recovered from the virus and have been discharged while the death toll remains at 320.
Addressing the nation on Sunday, President Akufo-Addo said “In recent weeks, however, we have observed a gradual change in the trajectory of the virus, with an increase in active cases from the 398 cases recorded three weeks ago, to 1,139 active cases, as at Friday, 6th November 2020. The total number of deaths now stands at 320, a great majority of them, still, with underlying illnesses, such as hypertension, diabetes, chronic liver disease and asthma.”
The increase in active figures will be a worry to many as Europe and other parts of the World are experiencing a second wave of the virus that has claimed 1,241,243 lives and infected 49,131,800 globally.