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Coronavirus Updates in Ghana 16th March 2020

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President Akufo-Addo  lifts restriction to movement

Coronavirus Updates in Ghana 16th March, 2020

The pandemic Covid-19 formerly known as Novel Coronavirus is rapidly spreading in Ghana as compared to other African nations. Within 3 days of declaring the first two confirmed cases by the health Minister, the number of cases has since risen to 6 on Sunday 15th March,2020. Glusea.com brings to you the Coronavirus updates in Ghana 16th March, 2020

 

The new cases were confirmed by the Head of Public Health of the Ghana Health Service, Dr Badu Sarkodie, at a press briefing on Sunday.

 

The new cases came in pairs just like the first two cases confirmed concurrently by the Noguchi Memorial Institute of Medical Research on Thursday, March 12.

On Friday, two additional cases were recorded while the other two were recorded on Saturday.

All the patients have been quarantined and are in a stable condition, Dr Sarkodie said.

Meanwhile the government of Ghana has been quick to react as the president addressed the nation at 20;00 GMT to announce measures put in place to curb the spread of the notorious virus.

All schools including universities and primaries must not open from Monday, March 16, according to the president.

“The Ministry of Education in collaboration with the Ministry of Communications has been tasked to roll out distance learning programmes,” President Akufo-Addo said.

Candidates for the upcoming Basic Education Certificate Examinations (BECE) and West Africa Senior Schools Certificate Examinations (WASSCE) will, however, be allowed to attend school to prepare but with prescribed social distancing rules.

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President Akufo-Addo also announced a ban on all social gathering including church services, funerals, political rallies and sporting activities for the next four weeks.

But gatherings of not more than 25 persons may be permitted.

Shopping malls, markets, night clubs among other suchlike establishments are to observe enhanced hygiene procedures by providing, for instance, hand sanitisers and soap with running water.

Workers will also continue to go to work but “should observe prescribed social distancing between patrons and staff”.

Read How to Make Your Own Hand Sanitizers in Ghana

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Ghana will from Tuesday, March 17 not allow any traveller from countries that have recorded at least 200 cases of coronavirus.

This is part of measures taken to halt the spread of the virus.

So far, Ghana has confirmed six cases of the disease with no deaths recorded.

All of Ghana’s cases were imported.

“All travel to Ghana is strongly discouraged until further notice,” a travel advisory issued by the Minister of Information, Kojo Oppong Nkrumah, said.

The ban on visits to Ghana does not, however, affect Ghanaian citizens and persons with Ghana residence permits.

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Ghana Health Service Message to the Public

1. All travel to Ghana is strongly discouraged until further notice.

2. Any traveler, except for Ghanaian citizens and persons with Ghana residence permits, who within the last 14 days, has been to a country that has recorded at least 200 cases of COVID-19, will not be admitted into the Ghanaian jurisdiction. Airlines are instructed not to allow such persons to embark. Border posts are instructed not to allow such persons into the jurisdiction.

3. There will be a mandatory 14-day self-quarantine for persons who are otherwise allowed to enter the Ghanaian jurisdiction. Guidelines for self-quarantine will be available at the various Ghanaian ports of entry. Enforcement protocols are being deployed in collaboration with state security and health authorities. Persons determined to be unable to satisfactorily self-quarantine will be quarantined by the State.

4. Any admissible traveler, who exhibits symptoms of COVID-19 will be quarantined and tested upon reaching Ghana.

5. Item one of this statement takes immediate effect.

6. Items 2,3 & 4 take effect at 1pm on Tuesday March 17th 2020.

Glusea.com will continue to update readers frequently on the Covid-19 outbreak

 

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