The government has decided to allow places of worship in COVID-19 “green zones” to reopen as the “new normal” comes into force.Religious Affairs Minister Fachrul Razi explained on Wednesday that the permits to re-open certain worship places would be issued after taking into consideration the areas’ R0 and RT. R0 refers to a virus’ basic reproduction number, while RT refers to R0 at a given time. Both indicators measure how contagious an infectious disease is. An outbreak will eventually peter out in a certain area if it has an R0 below one. On the other hand, the outbreak can grow exponentially if the R0 remains above one. “The permits will be issued by district heads upon consulting with regents. After all, it’s the regents who are fully aware of an area’s R0 and RT,” Fachrul said during a teleconference on Wednesday, adding that the permits would be reviewed monthly. “If COVID-19 transmission in an area increases, the permit to operate places of worship there will be revoked,” the minister said.The government is planning to ease large-scale social restrictions in the near future and embrace the new normal by reopening schools, offices and shopping centers as well as other public places. However, many have questioned the decision as the numbers of COVID-19 cases and deaths still continue to rise across the country. Topics :
AshGold forward, Shafiu Mumuni, says he was totally surprised at getting a place in Ghana’s AFCON 2021 Qualifiers team to face South Africa and Sao Tome and Principe.Mumuni was given a call-up by Kwesi Appiah in the team that was announced on Wednesday.Mumuni was the top scorer from the WAFU Cup of Nations in Senegal and before that, he was leading the line very well for AshGold in their CAF Confederation Cup qualifiers.He told Fox FM on Wednesday in an interview that the call-up was very unexpected and he was stunned by the development. However, he said that he would do his best to show his quality in the national team.“This morning I saw my name in the squad and I was shocked. It is due to hard work and determination.The Shafiu you see in Ashantigold and the WAFU, you will see the same Shafiu in the senior national team camp.”Mumuni and Felix Annan are the only players in the team representing the Ghana Premier League in Kwesi Appiah’s 23-man team for the qualifiers.