JoyNews Weekly Wrap: Accra floods again, Covid-19 cases hit 10k as voters’ register brouhaha rages on

Five years since the June 3 fire and flood disaster, history seems not to have thought Ghanaians a lesson as another downpour this week left some five people dead in parts of the capital. The Ghana Meteorological Agency said the nation should expect more.

This weekend’s edition of the weekly wrap also highlights a rather grim milestone for the Ghana as the novel coronavirus case crossed the 10,000 mark. As of June 12, the total infections stood at 10,856, with 3,921 recoveries and 48 deaths. Meanwhile, treatment centres are stretched, some patients are being asked to go home.

The National Democratic Congress (NDC) has also expressed worry over the Electoral Commission’s adamancy to heed to concerns raised ahead of the compilation of the new voters’ register. But the Electoral Commission has justified the need to follow through with decision describing the current roll as bloated and unfit for purpose.

 

However, Parliament through the majority decision gave permission to the EC to use the Ghana Card and passport as the source documents for the registration.

But the Opposition NDC said this would lead to an avalanche of court cases against the Electoral Commission. Before that, the EC had set 20th June to begin the mass voters registration exercise.

By Thursday, the NDC had withdrawn its request asking the Supreme Court to stop the EC from compiling a new voter’s register. The party, however, asked the court to compel the EC to use the existing voters’ ID as the source document for the new register.

The minority has a recommendation on how the country can manage the situation such as testing all final year students, teaching and non-teaching staff who are scheduled for a return to school, per President Akufo-Addo’s directive among others. They also want the government to complete health facilities that started under the erstwhile Mahama administration to beef up the response mechanisms in fighting the disease.

Also in the week, JoyNews was granted exclusive access to observe the burial of persons who’ve died from Covid-19. Meanwhile, relatives of persons reported to have died from COVID 19 still doubt the cause of death. But environmental health personnel in charge of the burial process says has a message for all, “Covid-19 is real!”

The Ghana Medical Association wants testing of healthcare workers to be prioritized as more health workers contract the virus.

The leadership of Parliament and the Covid-19 team is frustrated as MPs and staff who have tested positive for the virus are defying orders to stay away from the House.

Lots of curses were heard this week over the disqualification of some aspirants in the upcoming NPP’s primaries.

One of the disqualified aspirant for the Subin Constituency, Frank Duodu suspects foul play.

The NDC also started what it says is a series of weekly news conferences to ‘expose’ what they describe as rot in the NPP administration.

In another worrying development, children in island communities in the Afram Plains had are still grappling with the lack of electricity

Founder of Action Chapel International Archbishop Nicholas Duncan William asked the public to pray for his son, Daniel after his outbursts on social media.

A pastor, Apostle Kwabena Adjei was arrested for threatening to kill the EC boss. Some illegal narcotic substances were found on him and the minority accused the police for planting those substances.

But Chairman of Parliament’s Defence and Interior committee Seth Acheampong debunked the claims.

In another development, the police discovered an illegal cannabis cultivating enclave in the Asuogyaman district of the Eastern Region.

JoyNews’ Araba Koomson filed a Hotline documentary titled, The Media, A Virus and Survival.

On a sad note, the Mayor of Sekondi-Takoradi, Anthony Kobina Kurentsi Sam, has died, a few weeks after his personal driver tested positive for Covid-19.

On a sad note, 43-year-old Agnes Dogboe who got overwhelming support from around the world after her story on breast cancer was aired, has died. Help, perhaps came too late. Our hearts go out to her.

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