He said the situation has changed since President Akufo-Addo said during his 22nd national address to the nation that 13 out of the 16 regions in the country had recorded positive cases.
Ghana Health Service says as many as 695 new cases were recorded on the January 21, increasing the active cases from 3,286 to 3,525 and total case count of 61,498.
Mr Oppong Nkrumah said based on data provided by the Director-General of the Ghana Health Service (GHS), Dr Patrick Kuma-Aboagye, the country is witnessing a surge in cases.
The GHS boss added that the second rise occurred in October and November last year.
The Information Minister-designate said, “Now we have a rise which is even higher than that the October and November one.”
Regarding the third rise, he said there are more people showing symptoms and falling severely ill while there are few people who are asymptomatic.
“The asymptomatic is not something that everybody is having. We are having a higher percentage of people who are falling sick. And I think it is something critical that you have to let the public know so that more people take it seriously,” the Ofoase Ayeribi MP said.
Mr Oppong Nkrumah added that there are a limited number of beds and ICU facilities for people who experience severe and critical conditions.
“It is very important that we ensure that the positive numbers go down. If this trend continues, we would be overwhelmed,” he advised.
He said everyone should do their parts in ensuring that the rising curve is brought down as quickly as possible so life goes back to normal.