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President Akufo Addo has with immediate effect placed a ban on all receptions for weddings and funerals. Announcing measures as part of renewed efforts to curtail the deadly coronavirus, the President said the country can not afford a return to the days of partial lockdown.

The announcement follows earlier reports of a third wave of the covid-19 which is causing panic and fear across the country. Many hospitals in Kumasi are said to be inundated with patients.

The Ghana Education Service has directed that no student be allowed to go home for midterms because of the worsening cases of covid virus. They are therefore to remain in school and observe the covid protocols

The Kumasi Metropolitan Assembly earlier disclosed that 10 out of 13 persons who contracted COVID-19 within the last two weeks in the municipality have died.

According to the President data from Ghana Health Service shows that Ghana is, unfortunately, experiencing a 3rd wave due to the Delta variant resulting in an increase in hospitalization and deaths.

“Total active cases the last time I addressed you, on the 16th of May was 1314, 100 daily infection rate & 783 deaths. The situation improved to 1200 in June with daily infection rate falling to 50 cases and 10 deaths in that month”. The President said.

According to him, the latest figures as of Friday showed active cases stood at 4521, daily infection rate at 300 and 40 new deaths since the last time.

The President admitted that the rise in cases was because of negligence. ” We’ve let our guards down and this has caused rise in the cases” said the President.