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COVID-19: 82% in Accra not wearing face masks – Survey

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The Ghana Health Service (GHS) says the number of people who have not been wearing face masks as a preventive measure in the spread of the Coronavirus disease (COVID-19) in Accra has increased.

According to the GHS, the figure has increased to 82 percent in the last month.

The Director-General of the GHS, Dr Patrick Kuma Aboagye made this known at a press briefing in Accra on Wednesday morning [November 25, 2020].

He said in six major markets across the Greater Accra Region, over 90 percent of people do not wear face masks.

In terms of category of people who are not wearing masks, Dr Kuma Aboagye said head porters who were “doing very well in the last survey a few months ago, now 96 percent of our head porters are not wearing masks”.

For buyers, “only 66 percent are not wearing masks”, this he said, was an improvement over the last survey’s figure which showed that sellers were doing better than buyers.

He said they were currently doing another study to look at work place arrangements to see if there have been some improvements because a lot of outbreaks in the last month has come from work places.

He said a lot of interventions have taken place with the deployment of 25 vehicles to assist in contract tracing, with 15 in Greater Accra and the rest going to other regions.

Additional testing centres are also being opened, one at Ridge. He said the Ga East testing centre should be ready in a few days time.

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