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Government suspends Independence Day celebration over surge in COVID-19 cases

Government suspends Independence Day celebration over surge in COVID-19 cases

Government suspends Independence Day celebration over surge in COVID-19 cases

As part of efforts to curb the fast spreading of coronavirus disease in the country, the President, Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo has suspended this year’s Independence Day Celebration.

This was revealed  by the Ghana Education Service (GES)  in a memo sighted by Spot On News.

The decision taken by government  was to halt schools from embarking on any events like parades as part of activities to mark the country’s 64th Independence Day celebration.

According to the memo, the directive came in a letter to GES from the Presidency on February 11.

The directive is in line with presidential measures of avoiding large gatherings as the country continues to fight with the COVID-19 pandemic.

To this end, all Metropolitan, Municipal and District Education Directors and Heads of all schools have through their Regional Education Directors have been asked to comply with the directive.

“Management of the Ghana Education Service wishes to inform all Regions that the 64th Independence Anniversary Parade on the 6th March 2021 has been suspended forthwith across the country,” a memo from the GES on Monday noted.

GES said the decision was arrived at after a letter from the Office of the Chief of Staff Office at the Presidency directed the suspension of this year’s independence celebration and all its related activities nationwide due to the high prevalence rate of COVID-19 cases in the country.

The 6th March march past by school children all over the country is normally a feature of Ghana’s Independence Day celebrations.

President Akufo-Addo recently reimposed the ban on public gatherings as part of measures to contain the rise in COVID-19 cases in Ghana.

He said the ban was until further notice warning that anyone found breaking the new directive will be severely dealt with.

Ghana’s active cases of Coronavirus as of today, Monday, February 15, 2021, are 7,850 after 656 new infections.

Greater Accra, Ashanti and Eastern Regions continue to lead the chart of areas with a high number of cases.

Source: www.spotonnews.net

Written by Joyceline Natally Cudjoe

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