Trotro, taxis can load full capacity – Akufo-Addo

Commercial buses and taxis are to load at full capacity, President Akufo-Addo has announced.

In his 14th Covid-19 update to the nation, the President, however, noted safety protocol must still be observed by passengers.

“In consultation with the Ministries of Transport and Aviation and the leadership of transport operators, Government has taken the decision to lift the restrictions in the transport sector, and allow for full capacity in our domestic airplanes, taxis, trotros and buses.

“The wearing of masks in vehicles and aircraft, and the maintenance of enhanced hygiene protocols, remain mandatory. Private burials, still, with a maximum of one hundred (100) persons, can continue to be performed.”

Concerning foreign travels, the President said “Our borders, by air, land and sea, remain closed until further notice for human traffic.

“However, given that there are Ghana residents stranded abroad, special dispensation will continue to be given for the evacuation of our nationals and residents back to Ghana, where they will be subjected to the mandatory quarantine and safety protocols.”

Meanwhile, Ghana has recorded 794 new cases of COVID-19 taking the country’s total infections to 31,851, the Ghana Health Service has announced.

However, recoveries/discharges have increased significantly to 28, 438, with the death toll still pegged at 161.

According to the GHA, Accra still leads the log with 16,426 cases.

Meanwhile, Eight and 25 persons are in critical and severe conditions respectively while four others remain on ventilators.

Regional breakdown:

Greater Accra Region – 16,426

Ashanti Region – 7,646

Western Region – 2,492

Central Region – 1,333

Eastern Region – 1,214

Volta Region – 573

Bono East Region – 430

Bono Region – 426

Northern Region – 302

Western North Region – 298

Upper East Region – 282

Oti Region – 172

Ahafo Region – 116

Upper West Region – 75

Savannah Region – 57

North East Region – 9