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Coronavirus updates As it happens (2020-05-21)

Coronavirus updates As it happens (2020-05-21)
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May 22, 2020

Covid-19: 9 Arrested At ‘Next Time' And ‘Anadwo Yede' Drinking Spots

The Sunyani Coronavirus disease prevention Taskforce has arrested nine persons at 'Area Two’, a suburb in Sunyani for flouting the COVID-19 prevention directives and protocols.

Taskforce Commander Superintendent Haruna Alhassan, told Ghana News Agency that Joshua Dario and Ms Akosua Diana, operators of ‘Next Time' and ‘Anadwo Yede' drinking spots respectively were arrested because they violated government's directives for all drinking spots to remain closed until further notice.



May 21, 2020

Covid-19 Pandemic Has Shown That “We Can Work Together And Support Ourselves” As Ghanaians – Kwabena Agyepong

The Executive Director of the Ghana Institution of Engineers (GhIE), Kwabena Agyei Agyapong, has said the construction of the first ever infectious disease treatment facility in Ghana in response to the coronavirus pandemic is ample evidence of Ghanaian ingenuity and patriotism.

Mr. Agyepong was speaking after leading a delegation from the GhIE to inspect the progress of work on the facility located at the Ga East Hospital in Accra.


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May 21, 2020

Covid-19 Stigma: "Practice Social Distancing, Not Social Isolation” – Survivor

“I will urge the public to stop the stigmatisation of persons who have suffered or are suffering from COVID-19 for history will judge us by the way we treat them. It is important to practice social distancing but not social isolation.

“People should remember that stigma divides us and turns us against one another. We must remember that it is the virus that is the enemy and not people with COVID-19,” she noted.



May 21, 2020

Ghanaian Student Studying In Italy Shares His Condition Amidst COVID-19 Pandemic

Daniel Israel Kakou is one of the 17 Ghanaian students who were awarded the European Union Erasmus Mundus Scholarship to study in some notable universities in Europe.

The European Union's Erasmus Mundus programme aims at enhancing quality in Higher education through scholarship and academic cooperation between the European Union and the rest of the world. This scholarship gives them the opportunity to study in at least two different universities in Europe before returning back to Ghana.



May 21, 2020

10 Inmates In Tema Test Positive For COVID-19

Ten inmates in the Tema metropolis have tested positive for the COVID-19 disease. Tema Regional Police Commander, Deputy Commissioner of Police (DCOP) Edward Johnson Akrofi-Oyirifi, made the disclosure on the sidelines of a disinfection and fumigation exercise which took place in the regional command on Thursday (May 21, 2020).

According to him, of the ten COVID-19 inmates, nine were from Ashaiman cells while one was recorded in a cell in Kpone.



May 21, 2020

Lead National Discourse On COVID-19 Restrictions — Oppong Nkrumah Urges Media

Information Minister Kojo Oppong Nkrumah said “We need to start having a national conversation and consultations of various stakeholders about this and get as many perspectives as possible.

“Indeed some of the consultations have started already with some groups, he said, but we want to encourage our colleagues in the media to join us to play your part in this level of public engagements of what it takes to live a new normal while the virus remains in the global ecosystem as we protect ourselves.”



May 21, 2020

Covid-19: Three Institutions Support Local Authorities

The local authorities received items such as hand sanitizers, examination gloves, gallons of liquid soap, veronica buckets, and surgical nose masks.

The items were valued at GH¢12,550.00 for the beneficiary Health Directorates in the Saboba, Karaga, Kumbungu, Mion and Savelugu Assemblies in the Northern Region.



May 21, 2020

Covid-19: Tourism Federation Angry With Govt Over Stimulus Package

The Tourism Federation said the package would help to alleviate the plight of businesses, especially those in the tourism industry - currently bearing the blunt of the devastating effects of the outbreak of the pandemic.

It is estimated that over five hundred thousand workers employed along the tourism value chain across the country, have lost their jobs over the last two months as a result of the pandemic.



May 21, 2020

Covid-19: Cases, Facility Admissions Declining — GHS

Director-General of the GHS, Dr Patrick Kuma Aboagye said about 11 out of the 16 regions had not recorded new infections since the country's last update.

He explained that from the last update between May 18 and May 19, 2020, a total of 173 new cases of COVID-19 were recorded, of which the Greater Accra Region accounted for 46, Central-27, Eastern-6, Ashanti-35, and Western-57, leaving the remaining regions with no new records of infections.



May 21, 2020

Cartoon Series Introduced To Help Fight COVID-19

The cartoon series is designed to contribute to Ghanaians staying informed so that they can stay safe in the midst of this pandemic.

The series is developed around a wise community character, Koo, who identifies behaviours that run contrary to the guidelines provided by the World Health Organisation (WHO), as well as the Government's directives and educates members of the public about why they should comply willingly.



May 21, 2020

Covid-19: 10 Inmates In Tema Test Positive

Some 10 inmates in the Tema metropolis have tested positive for the COVID-19 disease.

Tema Regional Police Commander, Deputy Commissioner of Police (DCOP) Edward Johnson Akrofi-Oyirifi, made the disclosure on the sidelines of a disinfection and fumigation exercise which took place in the regional command on Thursday, May 21, 2020.



May 21, 2020

Covid-19: Ho Hospital Disinfects Two Departments

The Ho Municipal Hospital in the Volta Region has shut down two of its departments temporarily for disinfection after it was exposed to Covid-19 patient.

According to sources close to the hospital, the exercise was to ensure the Accident and Emergency and the Out Patient Departments were safe for both staff and clients.


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May 21, 2020

Covid-19: 43 Health Workers Test Positive In Western Region

Some 43 health workers in the Western Region have tested positive for COVID-19.

Twenty of the cases are from the Effia-Nkwanta Regional Hospital in Sekondi-Takoradi while 23 others are from the Tarkwa-Nsuaem Municipality.



May 21, 2020

COVID-19 Woman Delivers Baby At Tarkwa

A woman infected with COVID-19 diseases has successfully delivered a baby girl at the Tarkwa Apinto Hospital.

Dr. Frank Baidoe-Ansah, who led the Caesarean section said the delivery was not without its complications.



May 21, 2020

Madagascar's 'green gold' against COVID-19 seeks nod beyond Africa

A drink made from a bright-green fern-like plant is being promoted in African countries as the go-to cure for COVID-19.

But detractors, with undisguised scorn, dismiss claims for the concoction as at best useless -- and at worst dangerous.


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May 21, 2020

US-China war of words over Covid-19 escalates tensions over Taiwan

Tension between China and the United States tensions over the responsibility for Covid-19 is spilling over to Taiwan and other sensitive issues.

United States President Donald Trump lashed out at China accusing the country of “mass worldwide killing” because of its “incompetence… and nothing else” in dealing with the Covid-19 outbreak.


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May 21, 2020

Coalition Commends Gov’t For Living Up To Tenets Of RTI Bill Amid Covid-19

The Coalition on the Right to Information (RTI) has commended the government for living up to the tenets of the RTI Act 2019 in the midst of the Coronavirus (Covid-19) crisis.

It can be recalled that President Akufo-Addo on Tuesday 21st May 2019 assented to the Right to Information Act, 2019 (Act 989) as he stressed that when properly applied, the law “will enhance the quality of governance in the country.



May 21, 2020

Covid-19: Adhere To Preventive Protocols To Stop Spread — Kuoro Osman Deiwia Nankpa III To Residents Of Sissala West

The Paramount Chief of Pulima in the Gandawii Traditional Area and the President of the Pulima Traditional Council in the Sissala West District of the Upper West Region, Kuoro Osman Deiwia Nankpa III has appealed to residents of the traditional area to adhere to the Ministry of Health's Covid-19 protocols in order to avert the spread of the virus into the Sissala West District.

Kuoro Osman Deiwai Nankpa who made the comments when a group of health personnel from his traditional area visited him in his Wa based residence said the fight against the deadly virus is a shared and collective responsibility and the need for all to play their various roles in the fight.



May 21, 2020

Asia-Pacific Countries Endorse UN Resolution For Concerted Regional Action Against COVID-19

Bangkok(ESCAP news) – Governments of Asia and the Pacific meeting today at their annual regional assembly agreed to pursue coordinated and decisive actions, as well as reinforce regional and global cooperation in the fight against the COVID-19 pandemic.

Endorsing a resolution at the 76th Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific (CS76), governments declared profound solidarity and vouched to provide unimpeded support and technical assistance to those most affected, particularly in developing countries with weaker health systems and vulnerable populations.



May 21, 2020

Covid-19 forces aid agency Oxfam closes 18 country offices globally

Development aid agency Oxfam International will withdraw from 18 countries around the globe and lay off thousands of staff, according to a story in Devex, a development news website. The cuts are a result of financial issues made more glaring in light of the Covid-19 pandemic.

The announcement will affect almost a third of its staff, or 1,450 out of some 5,000 people. A total of 700 out of 1,900 partner organizations on the ground will also be affected.


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  • Number of Americans seeking unemployment benefits rises to 38.6m - almost a quarter of the workforce
  • The UK is running out of time to set up a "track and trace" system, warns the NHS Confederation
  • Scotland will reopen all schools from 11 August, First Minister Nicola Sturgeon says
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  • A two-day-old baby dies with coronavirus in South Africa - one of the world's youngest victims of the virus

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