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Don’t go on boozing sprees in the name of fighting coronavirus – Government warns.

The government has advised residents against the abuse of alcoholic beverages as precautionary measure to prevent the deadly pandemic Conoravirus, MyNewsGh reports.

“You can use alcohol based sanitizers to wash your hands but don’t drink it. It is not advisable to drink alcohol in order to protect yourself against coronavirus”, a Deputy Minister of Information, Hon. Pius Hadzide advised on Kumasi-based Fox FM monitored by MyNewsGh

His advice comes in the wake of an erroneous impression created by many that drinking alcohol especially the locally distilled gin (Akpeteshie) prevents one from contracting Coronavirus which has led a section of Ghanaians into abusing alcohol.

The Minister however explained that it has not been medically proven that drinking alcohol in large quantities is an antidote to the novel coronavirus.

“Drinking and getting drunk by alcohol may land you in trouble. Just listen to the advice of the President and you are free to go”, the Minister told host, Agya Owusu Ansah.

President Akufo Addo has urged Ghanaians to stop the customary practices of shaking hands to avoid the spread of the deadly Coronavirus (Covid -19) disease which has so far killed several hundreds of people across the country.

He has also directed management of schools in the country to shut down effective Monday, March 16, 2020, until further notice.

The President gave the order when he addressed the nation on Sunday.

“All universities, Senior High Schools and basic schools i.e public and private schools, will be closed Monday, March 16, 2020, till further notice. The Ministry of Education, in collaboration with the Ministry of Communication, has been tasked to roll out distance learning programmes. BECE and WASSCE candidates will be allowed to attend school to prepare for their examinations but with prescribed social distancing protocols.” He directed.

 

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