The Ghana Armed Forces (GAF) Wednesday afternoon took its advocacy for people to STAY HOME in the wake of the deadly COVID-19 to another level, in a way never seen before since it was deployed alongside the Ghana Police Service to enforce the partial lockdown of the Greater Kumasi Metropolitan Area more than a fortnight ago.
A military helicopter with the inscription “COVID-19 STAY HOME” printed in bright red under its fuselage hovered over the skyline of the city of Kumasi, ostensibly to draw the attention of residents to the need to remain indoors.
The aircraft was spotted in areas including Bantama, Suame, Tafo, Sofoline, Suntreso, Santasi and Abrepo Junction as passersby caught glimpses of it.
A military source told reporters that President Akufo Addo was onboard the helicopter monitoring the level of compliance with the lockdown by the people of Kumasi, especially in market areas; we are unable to confirm the claim.
2000 military personnel are partnering the Ghana Police Service to enforce the 3-week partial lockdown of the Greater Accra Metropolitan Area and the Greater Kumasi Metropolitan Area, with mounted roadblocks, community patrolling and vehicle inspections.
Some isolated cases of brutalities have been recorded since the Operation COVID Safety was deployed, including the “accidental” shooting and killing of a civilian at Ashaiman by a soldier; President Akufo Addo however sums it up that, the security personnel have so far demonstrated “considerable professionalism”.
The president also announced that soldiers and policemen who had been culpable of the brutalities have been withdrawn and sent back to base.
Ghana’s caseload for COVID-19 stood at 641, rising by 5 since the last situational update, with 83 recoveries and 10 deaths.
“The five (5) new cases were recorded in the following locations; one from Adenta Municipality and two (2) each from Ayawaso East and Ayawaso Central Municipalities. With the exception of one of the cases from Ayawaso East, all the new cases are asymptomatic.
Contacts of the new cases are being listed for follow up”, the Ghana Health Service has said.