Gov’t to trial new app to monitor and track religious gatherings, others – Ursula Owusu

The Minister for Communication of the National Communications Authority Mrs. Ursula Owusu Ekuful has hinted the plan of President Akufo-Addo’s government to outdoor a new tracker app.

According to the Communication Minister, the government is set to launch and trial a new app to monitor and track religious gatherings and activities mong many.

Mrs. Ursula Owusu Ekuful, at a press briefing on Monday, 1st June, 2020 monitored by Coverghana.com.gh revealed that, the new app known as Pan African BioSurveillance Application (PANABIOS) will help government to track all public gatherings and uncover anybody who may go contrary to the President’s directive on measures taken against the spread of the Coronavirus pandemic.

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The Communication Minister disclosed that, the new tracker app is expected to be out by Wednesday, 3rd June, 2020. The app when launched will help track activities and provide more detailed information on people at a particular place in time.

“We are trialling in Ghana and hopefully it will be rolled out on the rest of the continent,” Mrs. Owusu-Ekuful.

Mrs. Owusu said, government will make available USSD codes to people and institutions to register their activities in the midst of the Coronavirus pandemic.

“Event organisers will have to download the application and register the event and venue that the event is taking place,” She clarified.

The minister reiterated the President’s directive that says, every event needs to keep an accurate register of participants in attendance to help authorities get accurate information on their activities.

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BACKGROUND

President Akufo-Addo during his 10th address to the nation on measures taken against the spread of the Coronavirus, has partially lifted restrictions on religious activities. According to the president, twenty-five percent (25%) attendance, with a maximum number of one hundred (100)
congregants, can worship at a time in church or at the mosque, with a
mandatory one metre rule of social distancing between congregants.

In addition to the mandatory wearing of masks for all persons at all times in churches and mosques, a register of names and contact details of all worshippers and hand washing facilities and sanitisers must be provided, with a maximum duration of one (1) hour for each service.

The president added that, religious institutions that are desirous of opening their premises to their
members, such as churches, mosques and others, must disinfect, fumigate and put in place the requisite logistics needed to guarantee safe opening and
operation.

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They must work with the designated, regulatory bodies and
undertake test runs of the protocols I have outlined. I would appeal to them, in the case of Christians, on the first Sunday of re-opening, i.e. 7th June, in the case of the Adventists, Saturday, 6th June, and in the case of Muslims, on the first Friday, i.e. Ṣalāt al-Jumuʿah on 5th June, to dedicate their worship to prayers for the nation in these challenging times.

The Minister for Religious Affairs, will, tomorrow, Monday, 1st June, outline, in detail, the specific guidelines for the safe reopening of our churches and mosques.

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