Coronavirus lockdown: NDC stops members from in-studio media programmes

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The National Democratic Congress has said none of its communicators and members should appear in the studios of radio and TV stations in Greater Accra and Kumasi, the two cities which have been locked down by the government, as part of measures to mitigate the spread of COVID-19.

In a statement signed by Mr Sammy Gyamfi, the National Communication Officer of the biggest opposition party, the NDC said: “All members of the party’s communication team at the Branch, Constituency, Regional and National level in the Ashanti Region, Greater Accra Region and the Awutu/Senya East Municipality of the Central Region are to strictly adhere to this directive”.

Ghana has so far confirmed 152 cases with five deaths and two recoveries.

Read the NDC’s full statement below:  

“In view of the announced partial lockdown of the Ashanti Region, Greater Accra Region and parts of the Central Region as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic, the National Communication Bureau of the NDC hereby directs all Communication Officers and Communicators of the party in the affected areas to suspend in-studio discussions on radio and TV stations forthwith.

All members of the Party’s communication Team at the Branch, Constituency, Regional and National Level in the Ashanti Region, Greater Accra Region and the Awutu/Senya East Municipality of the Central Region, are to strictly adhere to this directive.

Regional Communication Officers in the affected areas are advised to engage the media for the adoption of Phone Call interviews, Skype Calls and other new media platforms for communication purposes.

As directed by the flag-bearer and Leader of the NDC, H.E. John Dramani Mahama, Regional Communication Officers in the other Regions not affected by the lockdown, are to ensure that communicators who are deployed for in-studio media discussions, as a matter of compulsion, wear face masks, use hand sanitizers frequently, ensure social distancing and strictly observe all the WHO precautionary protocols during panel discussions on radio and TV stations.

The National Communication Bureau is keenly monitoring the COVID-19 situation in the country
and will review this directive as and when necessary.

Meanwhile, Officials and Executives of the National Secretariat of the party shall be operating from
their homes during the pendency of the lockdown and will be available for engagements with party
officers and members through phone calls, SMS and WhatsApp messages.”

COVID-19 cases in Ghana hit 152

Ghana’s case count for COVID-19 has increased to 152 as of Sunday, March 29, 2020.

This followed the confirmation of 11 new cases by the Ghana Health Service.

Ten (10) of the new cases were among persons who were under mandatory quarantine in Tamale under the direction of the Regional Security Committee of the Northern Region.

Lockdown takes effect today

President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo last Friday imposed a lockdown on the Greater Accra Metropolitan Area (GAMA) including Kasoa in the Central Region as well as parts of the Greater Kumasi Metropolitan Area (GKMA) which includes Kumasi in the Ashanti Region.

Accra, Tema, Kasoa and Kumasi have been tagged as the hotspots of the disease in Ghana.

The lockdown is expected to took effect from today, Monday, March 30, 2020.

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