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Allowing drivers to load to full capacity not ‘reasonable’ – Health expert

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According to a health expert, Professor John Kofi Kwakye lifting of limitations on commercial vehicles by President Akufo-Addo is probably going to breed more COVID-19 cases in Ghana.

Professor Kwakye says the directive is not advisable because the COVID-19 is nowhere close to ending soon.

Speaking on an Accra-based radio station StarrFm, Professor Kwakye said “the science and data doIt’s important that we understand what the numbers say. Our approach right now doesn’t show that we are responding to data that we are aware of the number of people who are getting affected”.

“You have to understand that when you make a decision to go to a poorly ventilated place, you are taking a huge risk. I don’t think any public health person being objective will agree that this a system we should be pursuing,” he added

It comes after the President disclosed on Sunday that commercial vehicle administrators would now be able to load to the full limit.

“In consultation with the Ministries of Transport and Aviation and the leadership of transport operators, Government has taken the decision to lift the restrictions in the transport sector, and allow for full capacity in our domestic airplanes, taxis, trotros and buses.

“The wearing of masks in vehicles and aircraft, and the maintenance of enhanced hygiene protocols, remain mandatory. Private burials, still, with a maximum of one hundred (100) persons, can continue to be performed.”

Concerning outside movements, the President said “Our borders, by air, land and sea, remain closed until further notice for human traffic.

“However, given that there are Ghana residents stranded abroad, a special dispensation will continue to be given for the evacuation of our nationals and residents back to Ghana, where they will be subjected to the mandatory quarantine and safety protocols.”

Meanwhile, COPEC is also calling on stakeholders to add their voice to the call to reduce transport fares.

By Amos Ekow Coffie  |  talksafrica.com

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