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"Full-Blown Weddings With Big Party Receptions Have Rather Been Banned" - Oppong Nkrumah Clarifies


The Minister for Information Designate, Kojo Oppong Nkrumah has clarified that full-blown weddings with big party receptions have rather been banned and not the marriage ceremony as speculated by some media outlets.


According to him, the ban will help reduce the spread of covid-19 among the people.


Addressing Journalists on Tuesday in Accra, he said "We’ve got a lot of requests about so what if somebody is having a church service, which is allowed, and they choose to bless their marriage there as part of the church service. I’m not sure that is what has been banned. It’s the wedding. The full-blown wedding with its reception and social activity associated with it is what has been banned,”


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The call for clarification comes after some scores of Ghanaians were left confused following President Akufo-Addo's directives on measures put in place against the spread of covid-19 last Sunday.


The Minister designated also explained that marriage ceremonies which are held under strict covid protocols in either mosques or churches can go on.


Touching on the ban on burial services, he stressed that once there are strict covid protocols, a limited number of 25 persons will be allowed to perform the ceremony.


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“The President did not ban burial service rather we encourage it to go on but what is banned is, funerals where many will gather, shake hands, call for a song, move to the floor and dance, Once, there is a little party associated with it, then that is what has been banned"


Throwing more light on the number of cases recorded so far, the Director-General of the Ghana Health Service (GHS), Dr. Patrick Kuma-Aboagye said "As at January 30, 2021, Ghana had recorded 5,515 active cases, 424 deaths, and 61,843 discharges or clinical recoveries"

He hinted that the nation's capital, Greater Accra Region still leads the chat with 56.7% of total cases, while the Ashanti and Western Regions follow in that sequence.


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"294 persons who tested positive are on admission, while 34 are in critical situations, 122 also have severe cases likewise 138 being mild to moderate cases" he explained.


Story by: Joshua Kwabena Smith

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