The Upper West Regional Police Command on Thursday, February 4, 2021, arrested 83 persons for not wearing nose mask in Wa, the regional capital.
The operation was put in place by the Command with a joint police task force numbering about 25 to ensure individuals adhere to the safety protocols laid down for the COVID-19 pandemic.
This excercise by the police commenced around 9am and 66 males and 17 females who had flouted the mandatory rules were picked up by the police. People arrested comprised riders, pedestrians, hawkers and shop owners.
According to the Upper West Police Public Relations Officer, ASP Gideon Ohene Boateng,
“The safety protocols must be adhered to. Those who have been arrested here are yet to be investigated after which a decision will be taken. We want them to understand that if they are being arrested then there are punishments for them”.
He further said,” My men will continue to arrest persons who flout the protocols.
“It is better late than never. So for the recalcitrants who have made up their minds not to wear the masks, they will be dealt with”.
Meanwhile , available records from the Ghana Health Service indicate that the Upper West Region currently has a case count of 213 persons infected with the COVID-19 pandemic with 61 active cases.