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Coronavirus updates As it happens (2020-03-23)

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Mar 24, 2020

So our ‘transcendent Men of God’ didn’t envision the arrival of the pernicious coronavirus?

In these extraordinary days of social restiveness amid the untimely appearance of the mysterious and insidious coronavirus, I took time off my tight schedule and blissfully delved into the prophecy archives of our ‘Men of God’ with a view to ascertaining whether there had been earlier prophecies on coronavirus.

But to my utter disbelief, I did not come across any of such prophecies. ‘What a surprise’! I murmured in amazement.

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Mar 24, 2020

Coronavirus Pandemic: Kwahu East DCE Pleads With Residents To Protect District

As the issue of coronavirus pandemic escalates in the country, the District Chief Executive (DCE) for Kwahu East, Hon. Isaac Agyapong has entreated residents in his district to take their health seriously as the deadly disease continue to cause a scare.

According to him, Ghanaians should go by the directives given by health practitioners and pray to God as he believes these are the only preventive measures to end this deadly pandemic.

“Social distancing is very important in times like this. As individuals, we need to isolate ourselves from each other thereby avoiding crowded places. Therefore, if one has no business outside, I would advise him or her to stay indoors. It’s difficult to tell if a friend or a family member has the virus and you going out will expose you to a lot of people”, he said.

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Mar 24, 2020

COVID-19: Follow Doctor’s Directive To Avoid Spread - Kwahu East DCE

The District Chief Executive (DCE) for Kwahu East, Hon Isaac Agyapong has called for calm over the novel Coronavirus (Covid-19) which is rapidly spreading across the world.

According to him, Ghanaians must follow doctors and government directives on the virus in order to prevent further spread.

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DCE for Kwahu East, Hon Isaac AgyapongDCE for Kwahu East, Hon Isaac Agyapong


Mar 23, 2020

Coronaviru: Cases Hit 27, Another Dies

Ghana has recorded another case of the novel coronavirus today Monday March 23.

This brings the number of cases to 27, the government dedicated website has confirmed.

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Mar 23, 2020

What's the latest in South America?

By BBC News

  • Brazil's President Jair Bolsonaro revoked a decree he had issued hours earlier that would permit companies to suspend employment contracts for four months without wages, a controversial measure that was strongly criticised
  • Venezuela’s President Nicolás Maduro said, on Sunday, the country would pay the salaries of employees at small- and medium-size companies hit by the country’s lockdown. He did not specify where the money would come from
  • Prosecutors in Chile have requested security camera footage from a Santiago clinic after a man was accused of coughing into the face of a nurse deliberately last week, reportedly after refusing to pay for his test.
  • Ecuador's military has been permitted to take over the province of Guayas, where almost 80% of the country’s confirmed cases have been found. Three mayors there have tested positive for the virus, according El Comercio newspaper

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Ecuador introduced a nationwide curfew at the weekend - Getty Images


Mar 23, 2020

Restrictions placed on when people can leave home

By BBC News

Boris Johnson has just announced a raft of restrictions people in the UK are being urged to follow.

From tonight, people will be allowed to leave their homes for:

  • shopping for basic necessities, as infrequently as possible
  • one form of exercise a day - for example a run, walk, or cycle, alone or with members of their household;
  • any medical need, to provide care or to help a vulnerable person;
  • travelling to and from work, but only where it is absolutely necessary and cannot be done from home

This is not a lockdown, but it's as close as you can get to one without it being called a lockdown.

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Mar 23, 2020

Coronavirus: My Husband Tests Is Negative — Ursula Owusu

Sam Ekufful, the husband of Minister of Communications and Member of Parliament for Ablekuma West Constituency, Ursula Owusu-Ekuful, has tested negative for coronavirus (COIVID-19).

He was recently quarantined after his return from the United Kingdom.

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Ursula Owusu-Ekuful and Sam Ekufful Ursula Owusu-Ekuful and Sam Ekufful


Mar 23, 2020

COVID-19: Paga Border Closed

The Paga border in the Upper East Region has been closed.

This closure follows President Nana Akufo-Addo’ directive for Ghana to shut all its borders as a mechanism to prevent the importation and spread of COVID-19.

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Mar 23, 2020

Disinfection Will Eliminate Harmful Insects, Pest — Local Gov't Ministry

The Ministry of Local Government and Rural Development (MLGRD) in collaboration with the Accra Metropolitan Assembly (AMA) Monday commenced a fumigation exercise within markets and streets in Accra to get rid of harmful insects and pests.

The “Emergency disinfection exercise” commenced around the 0900 hours in many areas including the 31st December Makola, Agbogbloshie, Accra Tema Station, CMB, Timber, Okaishie and Tudu markets.

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Mar 23, 2020

Coronavirus: Lock Down Ghana To Stop Spread – TUC To Gov't

The Trade Union Congress (TUC) has called on government to adopt what it described as “more aggressive measures” to prevent further spread of the coronavirus in the country.

According to the TUC, government should consider a total lockdown if necessary.

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Mar 23, 2020

Akufo-Addo's Advisor On Health Jabs NDC For Forming 11-Member Team To Combat COVID-19

The Presidential Advisor on Health, Dr Anthony Nsiah Asare has said the formation of a parallel team on the Coronavirus pandemic by the opposition National Democratic Congress (NDC) was not necessary.

According to him, the move was an unnecesary favour seeking attempt since the team President Akufo-Addo has already formed was not partisan.

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The Presidential Advisor on Health, Dr Anthony Nsiah AsareThe Presidential Advisor on Health, Dr Anthony Nsiah Asare


Mar 23, 2020

Coronavirus: Ayariga Wants Ghana Locked Down

The Founder and Leader of the All People Congress (APC) Hassan Ayariga is calling for an immediate lockdown to prevent further spread of the coronavirus in the country.

Mr Ayariga, however, believes a total lockdown will be the best answer to prevent the spread.

In a statement he said: “Today the world is confronted with the deadly disease COCID-19. Every nation is struggling to help and protect its citizens. Ghanaian doctors, nurses and health workers are trying their best to help the situation, but let’s concentrate on preventive measures, education and control first rather than testing.

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Mar 23, 2020

COVID-19: Damongo Markets To Close For Fumigation

The Municipal Chief Executive for West Gonja, Hon. Saaed Muhazu Jibreal has revealed that markets in Damongo, the Savannah Regional capital will be closed on Tuesday, March 24, 2020, for fumigation to take place.

Market women, shop owners, and shoppers are expected to comply with the directive and vacate the markets accordingly for the scheduled exercise.

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Mar 23, 2020

“Ghana Needs A “COVID-19 Emergency Food Security Preparedness Plan”

Civil Society Group Alliance for Science Ghana is asking the government as a matter of urgency to put in place measures to ensure food security and sustainability throughout the period of this deadly pandemic outbreak across the globe.

Scientists and farmers want to see immediate action to keep Ghanaians food secure in these trying times. “Let us not forget that food is an essential component of our daily lives if we can be able to overcome this virus. A good immune system is the surest bet to recovering in case of an infection and nothing boosts the immune system of human beings better than balanced, good and safe food. It is highly possible that food and nutritional related challenges could cause more illness and deaths in these difficult times than the real virus itself if care is not taken” they said.

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Mar 23, 2020

We've Not Approved Rapid Diagnostics Test Kits For Coronavirus – FDA

The Food and Drugs Authority (FDA) has announced that they are yet to give approval to any Rapid Diagnostics Test (RDTs) Kit for screening and diagnoses of Coronavirus (SARS CoV-2) in Ghana.

With 24 confirmed cases already in the country, the testing of what has been declared as a pandemic remains a bit of a challenge. Currently, it takes days for a case to be confirmed as negative or positive.

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Mar 23, 2020

Still On The COVID-19 Pandemic

An analysis of publicly available data on infections from the new coronavirus, SARS-CoV-2, that causes the respiratory illness COVID-19 yielded an estimate of 5.1 days for the median disease incubation period, according to a new study led by researchers at Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health.

This median time from exposure to onset of symptoms suggests that the 14-day quarantine period used by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention for individuals with likely exposure to the coronavirus is reasonable.

The analysis suggests that about 97.5 percent of people who develop symptoms of SARS-CoV-2 infection will do so within 11.5 days of exposure. The researchers estimated that for every 10,000 individuals quarantined for 14 days, only about 101 would develop symptoms after being released from quarantine.

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Mar 23, 2020

Coronavirus: 3 Suspected Cases In Upper West Test Negative

Three persons suspected of the deadly virus in the Upper West Region have been tested negative.

The three had travelled into the region from worse hit countries and reported to health facilities with suspected signs of the virus.

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Mar 23, 2020

Coronavirus: Streets Of Accra Empty

The streets of Accra were virtually deserted on Monday, 23rd March.

The Ghana News Agency could not sight street hawkers and beggars except for a few who had dared the unusual day.

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Mar 23, 2020

Use Coronavirus To Help Turnaround Africa’s Economy

Mr Kwami Azumah, Senior Business Advisor with the Volta Regional Office of the National Board for Small Scale Industries (NBSSI), has said Africa must take advantage of the coronavirus pandemic to develop its local industrial capacity.

He said the virus had created a world situation that threatened international trade, and placed low income import-dependent economies in limbo, forcing the local production of essentials such as sanitizers.

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Mar 23, 2020

COVID-19 : Drinking Spots Boost Sales As Churches Shutdown In Kpone – Katamanso

Several drinking bars in the Nmlitsakpo electoral area, Kpone- Katamanso Municipality of the Greater Accra Region, struggled to cope with patrons on Sunday, when churches shut down.

Churches and mosques had shut down to observe the presidential directive against large gathering, measures to curb the spread of COVID-19.

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