covid-19 in Ghana


Ghana President Nana Akufo-Addo has announced in a televised address, a further easing of the coronavirus restrictions.

Place of worship are now allowed to open for two hours instead of the one hour restriction given before. Although, there must be the use of face masks and maintaining social distance.

Tourist sites and attractions and open-air drinking spots have also been allowed to reopen. Beaches, pubs, cinemas and nightclubs however remain closed until further notice.

Out of 314 people tested, Ghana health authorities have detected 55 positive cases of coronavirus among students and staff at Accra Girls Senior High School in the capital.

According to a joint statement by Ghana Health Service and the Ghana Education Service, all the confirmed cases were said to have been transferred to treatment and isolation centres.

Recall that Ghana allowed final-year students back into classrooms last month to allow them to sit for exams.

The first cases in schools were detected last Monday.

The office of former Ghana President, Jerry John Rawlings has closed down because of the unfortunate spread of the COVID-19 virus.

“The decision which is aimed at protecting staff and potential visitors will be reviewed after two weeks,” a statement from the office said.

The former President once again urges all Ghanaians to be mindful of their personal discipline and care as we work to combat the disease.”

He calls on all to wear their masks, maintain appropriate social distancing, cough etiquette and general hygiene protocols,” the statement concluded.

A group of Ghanaian young women have started to make use of local community radio programmes to spread correct information, eradicating fears by debunking myths and false stories.

Pearl Nikki Quarmyne, who’s based in Ghana’s central region is part of the pan-African Campaign for Female Education Association.

“We invite health workers to come on the radio to talk about the virus. We break it down in local dialects for everybody. We are a network of young women dedicated to reinvesting the benefits of our education into the community,” she said.

Ghana’s President Nana Akufo-Addo has ordered an extension on the ban of public gatherings by two more weeks to contain the spread of coronavirus. The directive which came into effect at 01:00 local time on Monday.

The president had, last week lifted a three-week lockdown that had been imposed on various parts of the country. Although schools and borders still remain closed and the president has urged all Muslims to pray at home during the month of Ramadan.

The country has confirmed 1,550 coronavirus cases and 11 deaths. While 155 patients have recovered from Covid-19.

8,000 officers have been ordered by the Ghanaian Police Administration to self-quarantine after enforcing the partial lockdown imposed on some areas of the country.

“The prime object of the Police is for the Police officers to be well before we can carry out our duties. So for Accra, Kumasi, Tema, and Kumasi, we are looking at not less than 8,000 officers to self-quarantine.

The Police Hospital has begun taking their samples but the samples are not tested by them but they have a strategy to take their samples. The Police Hospital has its headquarters in Accra but it still has a lot of regional clinics all across the country,” Director of Public Affairs and Ghana Police Service, Supt. Sheila Kessie Abayie-Buckman, told Accra-based Citi FM.

Ghana has announced the launch of a mobile application that is intended to help authorities track and identify suspected cases of coronavirus.

The government says the app will be of great help in the battle against the pandemic. It was also mentioned that about a 100 suspected cases have already been identified using the app.

The app is said to be able to track the movement of users via GPS, enabling authorities to identify persons who might have come into contact with a confirmed case.

It is also said that the app will be used to monitor whether individuals advised to self-isolate are doing so.

It will also be available in six local languages, but with smartphone usage at around 35% the reach of the app may be limited.

There have been concerns about the security of personal data on the app but the ministry of communication has said the data is encrypted to guarantee confidentiality.

The Ghana Health Service has announced that seventeen infected persons have recovered from the novel coronavirus in Ghana.

Dr. Patrick Aboagye, the Director-General of the Ghana Health Service disclosed at a press briefing on Tuesday said that 17 persons have recorded double negative and are obviously clinically cured.

Dr. Aboagye assured that the treatment of infected persons was going well noting that case management is very good especially for those who come early.

According to him, 83 people are in recovery status with 66 people in treatment already having tested negative for the virus once.

Two hundred and eight of the infected persons are well and in mild condition. only two have remained critically ill.