07.04.2020 Live Reporting

Coronavirus updates As it happens (2020-04-07)

Coronavirus updates As it happens (2020-04-07)
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Apr 8, 2020

Eurozone countries fail to reach deal on economic response to Covid-19

Finance ministers of countries using the euro currency have failed to produce a deal to help states hard hit by the coronavirus pandemic, in an impasse reminiscent of the eurozone debt crises of the early 2010s.

Finance and economy ministers who comprise the Eurogroup, the 19 European Union (EU) states using the single currency, said Wednesday they had failed to agree on how to help hard-hit EU states recover from the coronavirus epidemic.


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Apr 8, 2020

Covid-19 : Obuasi West MP Presents PPEs To Health Directorate

Hon. Kwaku Kwarteng, the Member of Parliament for Obuasi West and the Deputy Minister of Finance has presented Personal Preventive Equipment (PPEs) to the Obuasi Municipal Health Directorate.

The items he presented included; 2000 Face mask, 3000 Hand sanitizer (small), 4000 Protective clothing, 11,000Handgloves, 6000 Food Supplements(Natural Cocoa powder), 7000 Vitamin C tablet and 10 Veronica buckets.


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Apr 8, 2020

Worldremit Cash Pick Up Service - Your Top COVID-19 Related Questions Answered

Are you worried about receiving international cash remittances during the Coronavirus outbreak?

We spoke to Gbenga Okejimi, Country Manager, Ghana and Nigeria at WorldRemit, who answered the most common questions. Mr. Okejimi spoke to us about how the London-headquartered online money transfer company is supporting its customers and explained the options available to both senders and receivers.



Apr 8, 2020

Coronavirus: Press Multimedia Suspends Europe Tour

Press Multimedia, an online radio and news portal based in South Africa has suspended all provincial and European Tour slated for 18th to 26th June, 2020 as a result of the outbreak of the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) disease.

The decision means all outreach programs in communities, churches, schools and corporate institutions will all grind to a halt indefinitely.



Apr 8, 2020

Covid-19: Cost Of Electricity, Gas Headache To Ghanaians Far More Than Water – Mahama To Gov’t

Former President John Mahama has called on government to consider reducing the costs of electricity and LPG gas for three months as part of social intervention for Ghanaians as the country fights coronavirus.

According to Mr Mahama, the cost of electricity is more of a burden to Ghanaians than water, which has been absorbed by the government.



Apr 8, 2020

COVID-19 Lockdown: Mahama Condemns Killing Of Ashaiman Resident By Soldier

Former President John Mahama has condemned the shooting to death of a civilian at Ashaiman in the Greater Accra Region by a soldier who was enforcing lockdown directives.

While eyewitnesses say the soldier deliberate shot and killed the unarmed civilian, the Ghana Armed Forces, in a statement, claimed the man had attempted disarming the solider during a scuffle which caused the soldier’s rifled to “accidentally” go off.



Apr 8, 2020

COVID-19: Cases Jumping From 214 To 287 Overnight Alarming – Mahama

Former President John Mahama has described as “alarming”, how within one night, our covid-19 case count moved from 214 to 287.

“We woke up this morning to official reports that Ghana's incidence of COVID-19 infection has risen to 287”, the flag bearer of the National Democratic Congress said in a statement, adding: “This is an alarming situation”.



Apr 8, 2020

Covid-19: Relief Package Must Benefit All Health Workers – Mahama

Former President John Dramani Mahama has said government must consider a package that would cover all healthcare staff rather than a "hefty package" for only "frontline health workers" as they are all needed to fight the coronavirus.

President Nana Akufo-Addo, in his address to the nation on Sunday, 5 April 2020, announced an insurance package of GHS350,000 for each health personnel and allied professional at the forefront of the COVID-19 fight.



Apr 8, 2020

How African-Americans are hit by coronavirus

By BBC News

Trump has spoken about black Americans being disproportionately affected by the coronavirus.

We reported earlier about stats from Chicago, which showed that the city's Black residents account for half of its coronavirus cases and more than 70% of deaths - despite only making up 30% of the population.

At the same time other cities with large black populations, including Detroit, Milwaukee, New Orleans and New York, have become coronavirus hotspots.

Read the full story here.

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Apr 8, 2020

Trump says UK wants 200 ventilators

By BBC News

Trump says the UK has asked the US to send 200 ventilators to treat coronavirus patients there.

"We're going to work it out for them," Trump promises, saying the UK has been a great partner to the US.

He says the UK needs ventilators "desperately".

Apr 8, 2020

BREAKING Trump targets WHO funding

Trump said the World Health Organization is "very China-centric" and accuses the global health body of making the wrong decisions about the initial coronavirus outbreak in China.

"We're going to put a hold on money spent to the WHO. We're going to put a very powerful hold on it and we're gonna see," said Trump.

He later modified his remarks to say he would look into ending funding.

The US gives $58m each year to the WHO.

"They seem to err always on the side of China... we will look at ending funding because you know they called it wrong."

Apr 8, 2020

COVID-19: Lack Of Water In Many Areas Make The 3months Free Water Meaningless – Mahama

Today is the 9th day of the partial lockdown declared by the President. Yesterday, we received with concern news of the hospitalisation and transfer for intensive care of British Prime Minister Boris Johnson. COVID-19 is proving to be a highly infectious disease and no respecter of persons.

This is the reason why we must cooperate with the directives announced by the President to restrict our movement as much as possible during this period, and continue to abide by the WHO and Ghana Health Service (GHS) protocols aimed at preventing the spread of the virus.



Apr 7, 2020

Covid-19 Lockdown: Madina Main Market Closed Over Social Distancing Issues

The La Nkwantanang-Madina Municipal Assembly has announced the closure of the Madina main market for trading activities.

The affected areas include; Doku, Nkulenu, Market Drive, Asante & Asante, and Nkwantanang Roads, the Market Loading Bay, Car park and the Main Market.


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Apr 7, 2020

COVID-19 Cases Top 10,000 In Africa

Brazzaville/ Cairo, 7 April 2019 – The number of confirmed COVID-19 cases in Africa has risen to more than 10 000 and caused more than 500 deaths. While the virus was slow to reach the continent compared to other parts of the world, the infection has grown exponentially in recent weeks and continues to spread.

Reaching the continent through travellers returning from hotspots in Asia, Europe and the United States, Africa’s first COVID-19 case was recorded in Egypt on 14 February. Since then a total of 52 countries have reported cases. Initially, mainly confined to capital cities, a significant number of countries in Africa are now reporting cases in multiple provinces.



Apr 7, 2020

Fight Against COVID-19: Diamond Capital Quickpay Loans Team support LEKMA Hospital

As part of its efforts to help win the war against the COVID-19 pandemic in the country; Diamond Capital Quickpay Loans Team has taken another giant step by donating Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) and other valuable items to Lekma Hospital.

The items donated include; 25 litres of Sanitizers, Face Mask N95, 5 litres of Rubbing Alcohol, Face Mask, Protective Clothing, Examination Gloves, Nurses Cap, Bottled Water, and FFP2 Mask.



Apr 7, 2020

Keda, Sunda International, Donate Cash And Items To The COVID-19 Fund

Keda ceramics Ghana and Sunda International, dealers in fast-moving consumer goods have donated five hundred thousand Ghana Cedis (GHC500,000.00) in cash and one hundred thousand Ghana Cedis worth of Personal Protective Equipment (PPEs), to the National Covid-19 Trust Fund.

At a brief ceremony at the Jubilee House to make the presentation at the office of the Chief of Staff Akosua Frema Osei Opare, Li Wei, Managing Director of Keda ceramics Ghana, said his outfit is impressed with Government's handling of the Covid-19 pandemic so far. He indicated that his company is committed to supporting the government in every way possible in the Covid-19 struggle.



Apr 7, 2020

COVID-19: Gov't To Collect 3.6m Locally Produced Nose Masks Tomorrow

Government has indicated it will from tomorrow, Wednesday, April 8 take delivery of the first batch of locally produced nose masks as announced by the President.

According to government, five companies have been engaged by the Ministry of Trade and Industry to produce a total of 3.6 million masks which will be distributed across the country.



Apr 7, 2020

COVID-19: Mahama Urges Gov't To Subsidize Electricity Tariffs

Former President John Dramani Mahama is asking government to subsidise electricity tariff amid the Coronavirus outbreak in Ghana.

Mr. Mahama in a statement suggested that “a subsidy payment from the Stabilization Fund to the ECG and other generating companies can provide some temporary relief, however small, to consumers in this difficult period.”



Apr 7, 2020

Covid-19: Institute Of Surveyors Develop Software For Detection, Tracing On Smart Phones

The Ghana Institute of Surveyors has developed a software that has the capacity to detect and trace all persons who have tested positive for the novel Coronavirus.

The Institute says the software will be installed on all phones including non-smartphones.



Apr 7, 2020

Covid-19 Fund Gets More Donations

Donations continue to pour in for the Covid-19 Trust Fund set up by government to fight the pandemic which is ravaging almost every economy in the world.

Latest to join the list of donors is Sunda International, Lele Group, Cimaf Cement, A&C Mall, De Simone Group, CBI Ghana and Joshop Construction Limited.



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  • President Trump accepts the pandemic has hit African Americans "very hard"
  • Prime Minister Boris Johnson stable in hospital and not on ventilator
  • New York records 731 deaths, the largest single-day rise in the worst-hit state
  • Ghana COVID-19 Cases Hit 287
  • In China, the people of Wuhan, where the virus broke out, can leave for first time since 23 January

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