04.04.2020 Live Reporting

Coronavirus updates As it happens (2020-04-04)

Coronavirus updates As it happens (2020-04-04)
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Apr 5, 2020

17 Burkinabes Grabbed For Sneaking Into Ghana Through Upper West

Some 17 Burkinabes have been arrested by security personnel at the Babile inland checkpoint in the Upper West Region for attempting to sneak into Ghana.

Their arrest was effected around 1830GMT on Saturday [April 4, 2020].



Apr 5, 2020

Ellembelle NPP Constituency Executives Deny Pocketing GHS10,000 Bribe From Galamseyers

Executives of the ruling New Patriotic Party in the Ellembelle Constituency have denied receiving bribes from illegal small scale miners in the area.

A group of illegal small scale miners who were destroying three water bodies including Ankobra River from their activities in and around Teleku-Bokazo and Anwia in the Ellembelle District alleged that Constituency Executives have been collecting GHS10,000 worth of bribe every two weeks from them under the pretext of protecting them from Operation Vanguard.



Apr 5, 2020

Covid-19: Ridge Hospital Quarantines Top Doctor

A Specialist Doctor at the Greater Accra Regional Hospital, Ridge, is reportedly under self-quarantine for covid-19.

The doctor, according to the hospital in a release, returned from South Africa prior to the partial lockdown.



Apr 5, 2020

COVID-19: Guinean Patient Who Escaped From Tamale Reportedly Arrested In Accra

The Guinean who tested positive for COVID-19 but subsequently escaped from a quarantine facility in Tamale has reportedly been arrested in Accra.

Deputy Health Minister, Alexander Abban on The Big Issue on Saturday said while the patient was spotted and arrested before Saturday morning, it was surprising how she was able to bypass the security barriers in the locked-down areas in the Ashanti Region and ended up in Accra.


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Apr 5, 2020

COVID-19: Mahama Supports Gov't With More PPEs To Hospitals Worth Ghc390,000

Former President John Dramani Mahama has today April 4, 2020, made donations to some regional and districts hospitals in the country to aid the COVID-19 fight.

The former President said he has made a total of 650 sets of Personal Protective Equipments (PPE’s) available to some selected health facilities in the country.



Apr 5, 2020

Covid-19: Liberia Quarantines 31 Ghanaians

Some 31 persons believed to be Ghanaian nationals living in Liberia have been quarantined due to fear of coronavirus.

Reports monitored on Liberia News Agency say the Ghanaians had travelled to that country via sea.


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Apr 4, 2020

3M 'will have a hell of a price to pay'

More from Mr Trump on the situation with mask manufacturer 3M, after he said he would use the Defence Production Act to ensure masks manufactured by the company were supplied to the US.

"We're very disappointed in 3M," he says. "They can sell to others, but they should be taking care of our country."

Responding to a question about accusations that the US had committed an act of "modern piracy" by redirecting 200,000 Germany-bound masks for its own use, the president said: "There has been no act of piracy, it's the opposite.

"3M has not treated our country well, and if they do, great. If they don't, they're going to have a hell of a price to pay."

Apr 4, 2020

First drop in Italy's intensive care patients

By BBC News

The number of patients in intensive care because of coronavirus in Italy has dropped for the first time, says the head of the country's civil protection division.

Italy confirmed 681 more deaths on Saturday, taking its total to 15,362, but Angelo Borrelli said the number of critical patients has fallen from 4,068 on Friday to 3,994.

"This is a very important data point because the figure is decreasing for the first time," Mr Borrelli said.

"It is important because it allows our hospitals to breathe. This is the first time that this figure has fallen since we started managing the emergency."

The Italian government's scientific council head, Franco Locatelli, said the drop in critical care patients "is a strong signal, but it should absolutely not be read as a sign that we have overcome the critical stage".

"It shows that the measures that we have been applying have had success," he added.

The number of daily recorded cases has also steadied, with 2,886 new cases on Saturday and 88,274 in total, a figure that does not include those who have died or the 20,996 people who are said to have recovered from the virus.

Apr 4, 2020

French deaths reach 7,500

French health officials have reported another 441 deaths in the past 24 hours but these relate to a total of 5,532 fatalities in hospital.

The number of hospital deaths has remained stable in recent days. Official they have also been giving details of deaths in care homes for the elderly and that number has risen to 2,028.

Taken together, France has now seen 7,560 deaths. Of the 28,143 people being treated in hospital, 6,838 are in intensive care.

Separately, Turkey has just reported that it has had 501 deaths so far and that the number of infections is close to 24,000.

Apr 4, 2020

India's government discusses end of lockdown as millions struggle to find food

With the death toll from Covid-19 in India climbing steadily to over 2300 cases and at least 56 dead, discussions within the government have begun on a way forward following the end of the 21-day lockdown period, as well as an exit strategy once the pandemic subsides. 

Taking a cue from Italy where citizens have lit candles to beat the social isolation imposed by the country's coronavirus lockdown, India's Prime Minister Narendra Modi has called on Indian's to do the same for nine minutes on 5 April to mark the fight against the disease.


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Apr 4, 2020

World's virus toll tops 60,000 as mask debate rages

The global death toll in the coronavirus crisis soared past 60,000 on Saturday as calls grew for citizens to wear face masks to halt the pandemic's devastating spread.

New York state, the worst affected in the US, saw a record 630 deaths in a single day. Britain too reported a new daily high in fatalities, including a five-year-old child.


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Apr 4, 2020

Disinfection Exercise Against COVID-19 In Atiwa East District

The fight against the worldwide pandemic; Corona Virus, has been very challenging. The Atiwa East District began its own war against Covid-19 on the 13th of March, 2020. The Member of Parliament Hon. Abena Osei Asare working with the leadership of the Atiwa East District assembly, Hon. Lawyer Kwabena Panin Nkansah, have made provisions to help curb the spread of the virus.

Anyinam, the District capital of the Atiwa East District is located between Greater Accra and Ashanti Region of Ghana. It is a town that has the main road connecting these two great regions in Ghana and therefore has a role to play in stopping the spread of the virus.



Apr 4, 2020

BREAKING Boris Johnson girlfriend in bed with Covid-19 symptoms

By BBC News

Carrie Symonds, the girlfriend of UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson, says she has spent several days in bed with coronavirus symptoms.

Mr Johnson himself tested positive for the virus last week and has been conducting cabinet meetings via video link.

Ms Symmonds adds that having Covid-19 symptoms while pregnant is "obviously worrying" and has posted some "reassuring" guidance on Twitter.

Apr 4, 2020

BREAKING Italy's deaths go above 15,000 but infections stabilise

By BBC News

Italy has confirmed 681 more deaths from the coronavirus, taking the country’s total to 15,362. The reported number has been falling gradually in the past eight days and the number of new infections appears to have stabilised too,

There were 2,886 new infections reported in the past 24 hours, making a total of 88,274 current cases. In total 20,996 people have recovered from the virus. Both Spain and Italy have seen over 124,000 cases.

Apr 4, 2020

Covid-19: 40 Deaths, 1,464 Confirmed Cases In West Africa

West Africa has recorded a total of 40 deaths related to coronavirus (Covid-19).

The subregion has also recorded 1,464 confirmed cases as at April 3, 2020.



Apr 4, 2020

Covid-19: Pregnant Patient In Bolga In Good Condition – Minister

Upper East Regional Minister, Tangoba Abayage, says the pregnant woman diagnosed with the Covid-19 in the region is in good condition.

“The patient is in good condition and under isolation. Contact tracing has been initiated,” the Minister said in a post available to DGN Online.


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Apr 4, 2020

Minister Given 2-Day Ultimatum To Find Runaway COVID-19 Patient

Tamale, April 04, - The National Democratic Congress (NDC) in the Tamale South Constituency has given the Northern Regional Minister a two-day ultimatum to find the COVID-19 patient, who escaped from a quarantine facility in Tamale on Monday.

Mr. Abdul Ganiyu Sandow, Communications Officer of the NDC in the Tamale South Constituency, who gave the ultimatum on behalf of the Executives of the Constituency, said it was the duty of the Regional Minister to protect the lives of the people hence the need for him to find the COVID-19 patient to assure the people of their safety in this trying time.



Apr 4, 2020

COVID-19: Upper East Patient Returned From Western Region

Fresh details concerning the COVID-19 patient in Bolgatanga in the Upper East Region indicate that she had spent a week in the Western Region before moving to the Upper East.

The patient, a 33-year-old woman, had no history of travel outside Ghana nor contact with any of the other confirmed COVID-19 patients.



Apr 4, 2020

COVID-19: All We Need Is Research, Not Panic

The macrocosm once again is on its knees following a deadly scare unyielding in determination to obliterate human existence.

Throughout history, infectious disease outbreaks have wreaked mayhem, reshaped the course of humanity, beckoning the end of civilizations and long after they disappear, they entrench in us a scare to be recounted in history and folktales.



Apr 4, 2020

BREAKING UK deaths rise above 700 in 24 hours

The latest UK coronavirus figures have been released by the government.

Officials says that as of 17:00 BST on Friday, 3 April, of those hospitalised in the UK who tested positive for coronavirus, 4,313 have died - an increase of 708 from the previous day.

As of 09:00 BST on Saturday a total of 183,190 people have been tested of whom 41,903 have tested positive.

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  • Ghana’s Borders Closure Extended By Two Weeks
  • 40 Deaths, 1,464 Confirmed Cases In West Africa
  • Worldwide cases have passed 1.1 million, and at least 60,000 people have died
  • UK sees 708 deaths in a day, with public urged to stay at home as weather turns warmer
  • New York state sees a record 630 virus deaths in a single day
  • Spain reports another 809 deaths, but there are signs its infection rate is slowing

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