Coronavirus: Latest enhanced measures by Akufo-Addo after Ghana records 21 cases and 1 death

Coronavirus: Latest enhanced measures by Akufo-Addo after Ghana records 21 cases and 1 death

Ghana’s President Akufo-Addo has announced an update on recent enhanced measures taken by the government against the spread of the novel coronavirus.

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This is the third time in the last 10 days that the president has given an update on the progress on the country’s fight against the coronavirus.

On Sunday, Mach 15, 2020, the president outlined upgraded measures to deal with the number of infected persons in the country.

The number of COVID-19 infected persons currently stand at 21 with the country recording its first coronavirus death on March 21, 2020.

Adding to the enhanced measures in a broadcast on March 21, 2020, President Akufo-Addo ordered the closure of Ghana’s borders to take effect on Sunday, March 22, 2020.

This is to help stern the escalation of the Coronavirus infection rate in the country.

''Anybody who comes into the country, before midnight on Sunday, will be mandatorily quarantined and tested for the virus."

President Akufo-Addo announced during his broadcast to the nation on Saturday, March 21, 2020.

He said all the country's borders- land, air and sea- will be closed to human traffic at midnight on Sunday for the next two weeks.

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"Anyone who comes will be quarantined for 14 days," he added.

The closure will, however, not apply to goods, supplies and cargo.

The president noted that the Ministry of Health will not only step up its contact tracing efforts but also ensure that all persons that have been identified as having come into contact with infected persons will be tested.

More personal protection equipment are also being procured to beef up supplies for Ghana's front-line health workers.

He further announced the arrival of 50,000 Coronavirus test kits into the country which are expected in the country shortly.

The Ministry of Health is mobilising new and retired health care professionals to augment the country's preparedness in the fight in dealing with possible surge in infections.

President Akufo-Addo appealed to members of the Pharmaceutical industry to scale up their domestic production of pharmaceutical local products.

He called on Ghanaians to apply strict self-discipline and continue to practice prescribed social distancing and protocols in all aspects of their daily lives.

The president asked Ghanaians to observe a national day of prayer on March 25, 2020, for God to save the country from the coronavirus.

Watch full video of President Akufo-Addo's broadcast.

In other stories, previously reported that Ghana has recorded its first death from the new coronavirus. The deceased is the Lebanese male trader who reported to a health facility in Kumasi with fever and cough.

Announcing the latest update on the current status of COVID-19 in Ghana, Alex Abban, a Deputy Health Minister said: ''The information I got from the Director-General of the Ghana Health Service is that that person [the Lebanese man] has died. He died today.'' There have been 13 new cases of the new oronavirus infection this past week.

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