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CDC warns of another lockdown if COVID-19 cases spike

The Center for Disease Control and Prevention in the United States of America is warning that countries may need to re-introduce their strict lockdown measures if coronavirus cases continue to rise exponentially.

Countries around the world are grappling with rising numbers of COVID-19 infections as many ease the restrictions imposed early this year to curb the spread of the viral outbreak.

Ghana, for instance, lifted its three-week partial lockdown in parts of the country while maintaining restrictions such as a ban on public gatherings, closure of schools and churches as well as wearing of nose masks, observing physical distancing among others. But President Akufo-Addo, a fortnight ago, eased the restrictions by opening schools for final year students as well as increasing public gatherings, to at most one hundred people a time.

Many experts have raised concerns of the relaxation of the measures which they say could shoot up the country’s cases and this they add has been justified as Ghana’s cases have seen a huge jump since the President’s last address with our cases standing at 11,118 with 3,979 recoveries and 48 deaths.

Speaking to the media on Friday, June 12, 2020, the Deputy Director of Infectious Diseases at the CDC, Jay Butler stated that if cases begin to shoot up dramatically again, strict measures need to be reintroduced.

“If cases begin to go up again, particularly if they go up dramatically, it is important to recognize that more mitigation efforts such as what was implemented back in March may be needed again,” he said.

 

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