Pressure group, OccupyGhana has hinted that a general lockdown may not sustainable for the country.
Following the recent surge of Covid-19 in the oast few weeks, Information Minister designate, Kojo Oppong Nkrumah announced the government may be forced to lock down the country if care is not taken.
But according to the group, a better alternative would be to “identify and target the hotspots and at-risk groups and explore ways to modify their behavior.”
According to the group’s medical team, an outright ban on movement may equally affect the recent and pending re-opening of schools, suggesting online classes, and shift systems.
“For parents who must go to work, it is time for employers to begin conversations on ‘flexitime,’ which breaks the day into three 8-hour cycles where parents could stay at home to supervise online classes and then report to work later in the day,” the press releases indicated.
In the statement, the group also called on the government to enforce the terms of the Imposition of Restrictions Act, 2020 (Act 1012) adding that the punishments in the Act have hardly been applied.
The government had announced that anyone who flouts the covid-19 protocols will be fined an amount between GH¢12,000 and GH¢60,000 and/or imprisonment between 4 and 10 years.
However, OccupyGhana noted that although the motive might have been “well-intentioned to be draconian and convey the seriousness of the situation, they have proven to be unrealistic.”
They, therefore, wants Parliament to consider an amendment of the Act in this light, to aid its enforcement and to provide for realistic fines and other deterrents such as community service for those who breach the law.
According to their findings, social gathering plays a critical role in the surge of the virus
We, therefore, ask the government to immediately ban all social gatherings until a marked drop in new cases is seen. This will include funerals, parties, church services, night clubs etc. In short, any gathering of more than ten people should be banned again.