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Coronavirus updates As it happens (2020-05-10)

Coronavirus updates As it happens (2020-05-10)
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May 11, 2020

COVID-19: Cases Jump To 4,700

Ghana’s case counts of the novel Coronavirus has jumped to 4,700.

The recoveries have also shot up to 494.

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May 10, 2020

Covid-19: GAMLS Call On Gov’t To Initiate Nationwide Testing

The Ghana Association of Medical Laboratory Scientists (GAMLS) is calling on the government to initiate a mass testing for the Coronavirus (Covid-19) nationwide to know the actual burden the country is faced by the deadly disease.

This comes on the back of a daily increase in the number of confirmed cases of the disease which was declared a pandemic by the World Health Organization (WHO) a few months ago.

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May 10, 2020

Covid-19: Lifting Ban On Public Gatherings Will Be Risky – NDC Warns

The opposition National Democratic Congress (NDC) has warned that any attempt by the government to lift the existing ban on social gatherings at a time when the country is recording a high reproductive rate of COVID-19 infections will spell doom for the country.

A statement from the party’s COVID-19 Technical Response Team said the prevalence and rate of COVID-19 in Ghana is a serious danger.

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May 10, 2020

Covid-19: Conduct Nationwide Testing – GAMLS Urges Akufo-Addo

The Ghana Association of Medical Laboratory Scientists (GAMLS) has called for a mass coronavirus testing exercise to be initiated nationwide.

The Association says the move will enable the government ascertain the true burden of the disease in Ghana.

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May 10, 2020

Covid-19: Akufo-Addo To Address The Nation Tonight

President Akufo-Addo will be addressing the nation tonight on measures against the novel Coronavirus.

This will be his 9th address to the nation.

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May 10, 2020

COVID-19: Ghana Faces "Doom" If EC Is Not Stopped Now—Scientist

Ghanaian Engineer and Scientist, Ing. Dr. Bright Atsu Sogbey has warned that Ghana is heading for catastrophe if President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo does not stop Electoral Commission from going ahead with the planned voters' register update for elections 2020.

Dr. Sogbey, who is the President of Science and Technology Advocacy Renaissance for Africa, stated "Ghana is heading for doom, if the President in his own wisdom, does not act wisely as King Solomon...to steer affairs of the country to safety as Ghana prepares for elections 2020."

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May 10, 2020

COVID-19: Extend Ban On Public Gatherings Indefinitely — Bureau of Public Saftey Cautions Govt

The latest to join the call is the Bureau of Public Saftey (BPS) which says the ongoing ban on public gatherings should be extended indefinitely.

Government’s recent extension of the ban on all public gatherings including conferences, workshops, funerals, festivals, political rallies, church and Islamic activities, and other related events in a bid to curb the spread of the virus in the country is due to expire on Monday, May 11, 2020, with a lot of debate on whether the ban should be extended or lifted.

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May 10, 2020

COVID-19: Don’t Dare Lift Ban On Public Gatherings Now – Laboratory Scientists To Govt

The Ghana Association of Medical Laboratory Scientists (GAMLS) is advising the Akufo-Addo government against lifting the ban on public gatherings given the increasing number of Coronavirus infections in the country.

It says considering the non-compliance to the prescribed precautionary measures such as social distancing and wearing of face masks, the ban must be maintained and strictly be enforced.

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May 10, 2020

Covid-19: Ghanaians Taking Things For Granted After Lifting Lockdown — NCCE

The National Commission for Civic Education (NCCE) explained that monitoring the Ghanaian terrain since the lifting of the partial lockdown in Greater Accra, Greater Kumasi, and Kasoa, indicates that most people were taking things for granted and believe that the pandemic was over.

Mr Pontius Pilate Apaabey Baba, NCCE Upper East Regional Director, told the Ghana News Agency in a telephone interview that; COVID-19 was a ticking time bomb, which if not handled effectively could explode at any time, but if managed well could be defused.

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May 10, 2020

COVID-19 Could Cause More Child Marriages – Plan Ghana

Plan Ghana said the economic hardship that the pandemic has exerted on the people coupled with the closure of schools in the country could force parents to give off their children for marriage as an alternative source of income for the family.

Mr Kamaldeen Iddrisu, the District Development Coordinator, Upper West Regional Programme Unit of Plan International Ghana, made the observation at a sensitisation forum at Wechiau at the weekend.

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May 10, 2020

Covid-19: Golden Star Resources Releases Recreational Park For Isolation Centre

The multi-purpose recreational park which is on a land size of about four (4) acres, has been temporary released to the Prestea Huni – Valley Municipal Health Directorate, to be used as holding and insolation centre for people suspected to have Covid -19 in the Municipality.

The move by the mining firm, Golden Star Bogoso Prestea Limited (GSBPL) on Friday May 8, was influenced by its commitment towards the host communities, as it continues to prioritize their health.

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May 10, 2020

Positive coronavirus tests force Dynamo Dresden out of Bundesliga restart

German football's smooth return from the two-month coronavirus lockdown suffered a glitsch on Sunday after it was revealed that the entire Dynamo Dresden team has been placed in quarantine following two positive coronavirus tests among the players.

Dresden were scheduled to play at Hannover 96 on 17 May in their first game back in the 2 Bundesliga following the suspension. The game has been postponed.

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May 10, 2020

Djibouti backtracks on decision to ease coronavirus lockdown measures

Djibouti, the tiny Horn of Africa nation with the highest prevalence of coronavirus cases on the continent, has delayed plans to begin lifting lockdown measures on Monday.

“The government, via the prime minister, has decided to extend lockdown by another week, through until 17 May,” the foreign minister Mahmoud Ali Youssouf  said in a Twitter post on Sunday. “The pre-requisite conditions for lifting lockdown are not in place.”

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May 10, 2020

COVID-19: Let’s Celebrate Mothers as ‘Frontline Workers’-Otiko Djaba To The World

As the World celebrates this year’s Mother’s Day amid Coronavirus pandemic, the Henry Djaba Memorial Foundation has called out all mothers to be celebrated - particularly those who have regardless of their poverty, disability and other challenges stood firm to nurture their children into responsible persons in society.

The Executive Director of the Foundation, Dr Otiko Afisah Djaba in a statement issued in Accra described Mothers as ‘frontline workers’ of every society or nation even before the arrival of Coronavirus, during and beyond. These mothers including female nurses, doctors and female security personnel continue to risk their lives for their nations in the fight against the spread of COVID-19 and ensure there is food on the table for their children and families.

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May 10, 2020

Covid19: Asiamah Urges Youth To Observe Protocols To Minimize Spread

The Sports Minister said protocols like social distancing, regular washing of hands with soap under running water, the use of hand sanitiser and the use of nose masks are effective ways to minimise the infection of the disease in the country.

He said the youth are the backbone of the economy as they were found in all fields such as in education, sports science, banking, finance, and construction.

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May 10, 2020

Covid-19: GMA Wants More Enforcement Of Preventive Measures

The Ghana Medical Association (GMA) is calling on government to strictly enforce the covid-19 preventive measures.

GMA made the call in a statement dated May 9, 2020, and jointly signed by its president, Dr Patrick Ankobea and General Secretary, Dr Justice Yankson.

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May 10, 2020

ECA Proposes COVID-19 Exit Strategies To Bring African Economies Back On Track

Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, May 10, 2020 (ECA) – The Economic Commission for Africa (ECA) has released a new report proposing to African nations various coronavirus disease (COVID-19) exit strategies following the imposition of lockdowns that helped suppress the virus but with devastating economic consequences.

At least 42 African countries applied partial or full lockdowns in their quest to curtail the pandemic.

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May 10, 2020

COVID-19: Don’t Lift Ban On Church Activities – GMA Warns Akufo-Addo

The Ghana Medical Association (GMA) has cautioned President Akufo-Addo against calls by the clergy to lift the ban on church activities and other social gatherings in the country following rising cases of COVID-19.

There are reports churches are persuading the president to open up and allow them to fellowship.

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May 10, 2020

Covid-19: Global Cases Pass 4 Million

Confirmed cases of the novel coronavirus around the global have passed the four million mark.

According to the Johns Hopkins University, confirmed cases have risen to 4,026,729.

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May 10, 2020

World Marks Mother’s Day Amid Covid-19 Scare

Mother’s Day is being commemorated around the world amid the novel coronavirus pandemic.

Global citizens are sharing photos and short videos to show appreciation for the roles mothers play in the well-being of humanity and the world at large.

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SUMMARY

  • Global confirmed cases: 4,038,747; total deaths: 279,468; total recovered: 1,380,376 
  • Worldwide infections surpass 4 million 
  • Three senior U.S. health officials quarantine after potential exposure to coronavirus 
  • China records first new infection in Wuhan since Apri13 
  • South Korea sees biggest daily jump in cases in more than a month

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