The Director of Health Promotion at the Ghana Health Service and the leader of Ghana’s risk management of Covid-19 has advised all event organisers to move their indoor events to outdoor areas to help curb the spread of the virus during the Christmas festivity.

Speaking on Joy FM‘s NewsNight on Tuesday, Dr. Dacosta Aboagye indicated that stricter measures will be implemented this month to forestall a possible rise in the number of infections.

He said, the President’s recent address to the nation on measures taken to curb the virus promoted outdoor events with all protocols respected not big indoor events.

Dr Dacosta further noted that the Ghana Health Service, through various stakeholder engagement programmes is engaging event organisers to make sure the protocols are respected during outdoor events and will not allow big indoor concerts which fall short of the relevant Covid-19 safety protocols.

Meanwhile, Prof. Awandare, the Director of West African Center for Cell Biology of Infectious Pathogens (WACCBIP) says there is an increase in cases at the various testing sites and until government acts, a surge in January, 2022, is imminent. 

This comes after Director-General of the World Health Organisation (WHO), Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus called for suspension of all events, in order to avert a spike in the number of Covid-19 cases during this year’s Christmas festivities.

Addressing the media on Tuesday, the WHO Director-General said cases involving the Omicron and Delta variants are currently on the increase thus, the need for suspension of all events during the Yuletide season.

“An event cancelled is better than a life cancelled. It’s better to cancel now and celebrate later, than to celebrate now and grieve later”, Mr. Ghebreyesus said.

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