06.04.2020 Live Reporting

Coronavirus updates As it happens (2020-04-06)

Coronavirus updates As it happens (2020-04-06)
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Apr 7, 2020

Reproductive Health Services Are Essential Services, Including During Pandemics Like COVID-19

The recently released Asia and the Pacific SDG Progress Report 2020 shows that Asia and the Pacific region is not on track to achieve any of the 169 targets of the 17 sustainable development goals (SDGs), including those around ensuring universal access to sexual and reproductive health services. Despite commitments made by governments, inequality in the region is growing and the economic gains made by it are not translating into poverty reduction and gender equity.

A pandemic like coronavirus disease (COVID-19) has added more fuel to fire to push the region (and perhaps the rest of the world too) several steps back to achieve 'Health for all' by 2030 by severely constraining (or threatening to constrain) health systems. It has also impacted delivery of several significant public health services, including sexual and reproductive health services.



Apr 7, 2020

MTN Ghana Announces Ghc5 Million To Support Gov’t’s Fight Against Covid-19

The MTN Ghana Foundation is procuring medical supplies at the cost of five million (GHS 5million) Ghana cedis to support the Government of Ghana’s fight against COVID-19 pandemic.

The medical supplies include personal protective equipment (PPE) and other essentials required for the fight against the COVID-19.



Apr 7, 2020

Is The Upper East Region’s Response To Covid-19 Is Appropriate And Safe?

His Excellency, President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo in his usual inspiring and assuring speech and tone delivered the 5th address to the nation on the status of COVID-19 on the 5th of April 2020 where he outlined a number measures to contain the COVID and urged citizens to as usual be patriotic and do their part to defeat the virus.

All citizens of Ghana have a moral and legal obligation to do their best to support efforts from state and non-state actors to collectively defeat the virus so that, life can go back to normal Before Corona (BC).



Apr 7, 2020

TB Joshua Links Coronavirus To Error In Advanced Technology [Video]

Nigerian Pastor TB Joshua has waded again into the controversies surrounding the dramatic spread of COVID-19 and the extreme measures implemented by leaders worldwide to contain it.

“World leaders and scientists know what they are doing; that is why they keep promoting fear and panic,” the cleric revealed in an ‘exclusive interview’ posted to Emmanuel TV’s official YouTube Channel with over 1.6 million subscribers.



Apr 7, 2020

Stronger Partnerships Crucial For Successful Implementation Of SDGs In Light Of COVID-19

The Bureau of the Sixth Session of the Africa Regional Forum on Sustainable Development (ARFSD) has met and adopted an action plan establishing key priorities for implementing key messages from the forum that was held in Victoria Falls, Zimbabwe, in February.

Chaired by chaired Zimbabwe’s Public Service, Labour and Social Welfare Minister, Mr. Paul Mavima, this was the Bureau’s first meeting since the adoption of the Victoria Falls Declaration on the Decade of Action for Sustainable Development in Africa.



Apr 7, 2020

PIAC’s Position: Utilisation Of The Ghana Heritage Fund For COVID-19 Alleviation Programme

The Public Interest and Accountability Committee (PIAC) notes with grave concern Government’s proposal to amend the Petroleum Revenue Management Act (PRMA) to access the Ghana Heritage Fund (GHF) as part of proposed fiscal measures to mitigate the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic.

As a body whose membership represents a broad spectrum of the Ghanaian society, the Committee’s position articulated in this statement is informed by its mandate under Act 815, to provide independent assessment on the management and use of Ghana’s petroleum revenues; by faithfully adhering to the principles and philosophy that informed the passage of the PRMA in the first place.



Apr 7, 2020

COVID-19: ECOWAS Dispatches PPEs To Ghana, Others

The Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) has distributed Personal Protective Equipment (PPEs), test kits and medication to its member countries including Ghana to help combat the outbreak.

As of April 5, 2020, the member states are affected by the pandemic with 1,739 confirmed cases of contamination, 55 deaths and 328 persons who have fully recovered with approximately 95% of deaths being patients with underlying conditions.



Apr 7, 2020

Coronavirus: 1,836 Blood Samples Collected In Ashanti Region

The Ashanti Regional Health Directorate has been collected 1,836 blood samples through routine surveillance, community screening, contacts of confirmed cases and travellers, as part of efforts to contain COVID-19 in the region.

Ninety out of the figure are contacts of confirmed cases, 1,251 were collected during community screening, 372 through routine surveillance with 123 being travellers.



Apr 7, 2020

Covid-19: Extend Allowance To All Health Workers – Nurses Association

The Ghana Registered Nurses Association (GRNA) is demanding that government's stimulus package to frontline health personnel in the Coronavirus fight covers all nurses and midwives across the country.

President Akufo-Addo in a nationwide television address announced that effective April 2020, all frontline health workers in the pandemic fight will among other things receive and an additional allowance of 50% of the basic salary per month for the next three months as well as a three month tax holiday because of their contribution.



Apr 7, 2020

Pain, solitude, fear: stories of surviving COVID-19

A sense of death stalking the hospital ward, fear of dying alone, tearful despair and disarray at home, solitude, anger and the desire to share, or change their life: 12 people from different parts of the world who have survived COVID-19 share emotional and harrowing stories of the pain and fear after catching the virus:

A painful 'roller coaster'


A healthcare worker in a protective suit attends to a COVID-19 coronavirus patient at a hospital in Barcelona.  By Pau Barrena (AFP)A healthcare worker in a protective suit attends to a COVID-19 coronavirus patient at a hospital in Barcelona. By Pau Barrena (AFP)

Apr 7, 2020

UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson admitted to intesive care as Covid-19 symptoms get worse

British Prime Minister Johnson was moved to intensive care unit on Monday after his coronavirus symptoms worsened and he has asked Foreign Secretary Dominic Raab to deputise as head of government.

The British PM has been in intensive care since Monday after coronavirus symptoms worsened, prompting concern for his health and well-wishes from political friends and foes in Britain and abroad, as the country battles to control the outbreak.



Apr 7, 2020

Covid-19: Bawku Animals Market Chairman Cry For Support To Fight Spread

The Chairman of the Bawku animal market in the Upper East Region Alhaji Abdul- Salam Isaaka has called for support to help fight any outbreak of the deadly coronavirus in the area.

Alhaji Abdul-Salam said Bawku animal market which is one of the biggest markets in the region lacks safety measures to combat the virus.


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Apr 7, 2020

COVID-19: Cases Hit 287

Some 73 more cases have been added to the country’s case count.

This brings the total number of cases to 287.



Apr 7, 2020

COVID-19: We Need Total Lockdown--CEO Of Marrer Ghana Insists

THE CHIEF Executive Officer of Marrer Ghana Limited and Susatgad Boat Building and Fishing Industries, Mr. Novihoho Afaglo, has stated that the only way Ghana can contain the spread of Covid-19 is to go for total lockdown.

Mr. Afaglo said it is time for the government to consider a total lockdown, “if we really want to reduce the numbers and maintain the affected cases at hand, then we must call for a lockdown.”


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Apr 7, 2020

Mrs. Gizella Tetteh Agbotui Intensifies Public Education On COVID-19

The NDC Parliamentary Candidate for Awutu Senya West Constituency, Mrs. Gizella Tetteh-Agbotui through her Gizi Care For Community project has initiated daily health and safety campaign across the Constituency.

This education is airing on selected community information centres and it is aimed at equipping indigenes with information on Covid 19 and how to stay safe. The education became necessary due to rapid spread of the deadly pandemic which is having severe economic toll on livelihoods.



Apr 7, 2020

PM was given oxygen before being taken to intensive care

By BBC News

Boris Johnson was given oxygen before being taken into intensive care on Monday afternoon, the BBC's Chris Mason reports.

Not much has been released as to the prime minister's condition, but Number 10's statement earlier said he had "worsened" after suffering persistent symptoms of the coronavirus.

Apr 7, 2020

US cities struggling with the numbers of dead

By BBC News

More than 10,000 people in the US have died from coronavirus, and some local officials say they are struggling to store and bury the bodies.

In New York City, the chair of the city council's health committee, Mark D Levine, tweeted that hospitals are now forced to rely on refrigerated trailers to hold bodies. The city was preparing contingency plans in case the death rate didn't fall, including temporarily burying bodies in a local park, he said.

The tweet caused a stir, and since then, the mayor's office has said it is not currently planning to use local parks as burial grounds, but is exploring using Hart Island for temporary burials instead. The island is an uninhabited strip of land north-east of the Bronx which is used for mass burials.

Meanwhile, in New Orleans, which has over 4,560 cases and 170 deaths, the mayor has asked the federal government to provide more refrigerated units to store bodies, because morgues, coroners officers and funeral homes are overwhelmed.

One funeral director told “I’ve been a funeral director since 1962, and I’ve never seen this.”


Hart Island is in the north-east of New York City, and already contains a public cemetery - Reuters

Apr 7, 2020

Trump wishes 'good friend' Boris Johnson well

By BBC News

The White House coronavirus task force briefing has begun.

President Donald Trump begins by saying America "sends prayers to the people of New York, New Jersey and the whole country".

Then he expresses his concern for UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson, saying he wants to "send best wishes to a very good friend of mine and a friend of our nation".

He says he was "sad to hear he was taken into intensive care a while ago. Americans are all praying for his recovering, he’s been a really good friend". He adds that Boris Johnson is "resolute, doesn’t quit, doesn’t give up".

He adds: "We've contacted all of Boris's doctors... when you get brought into intensive care, that gets very, very serious."

Apr 6, 2020

Pound drops in reaction to Boris Johnson's worsening health

By BBC News

The pound dropped against the dollar and the euro on Monday after the news that the British prime minister had been admitted to intensive care in a hospital in London.

"Markets hate uncertainty and this does not bode well for further steps in battling COVID-19 and for future Brexit trade negotiations," explained senior market analyst Edward Moya at Oanda Corporation.

Apr 6, 2020

More leaders 'pray for speedy recovery'

By BBC News

Political leaders and their predecessors across the UK are joining the swell of good wishes for Boris Johnson.

Former Tory PM David Cameron tweeted: "You are in great hands and we all want you safe, well and back in 10 Downing Street."

Former Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn said his thoughts were with the PM and his family, adding: "Thanks to the NHS staff for their hard work and dedication.”

His successor, Sir Keir Starmer, tweeted: "Terribly sad news. All the country’s thoughts are with the prime minister and his family during this incredibly difficult time."

Northern Ireland's First Minister Arlene Foster tweeted: “On behalf of the Northern Ireland Executive, I send our best wishes to the Prime Minister Boris Johnson. Praying for a full and speedy recovery.”

And Wales' First Minister Mark Drakeford said it was "concerning news", adding: "My thoughts are with him and his family."


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