Since Ghana recorded its first case of the deadly coronavirus otherwise known as the COVID-19, government has taken some necessary steps it believes is necessary for the safety of citizens in the country.
YEN.com.gh has however compiled a list of all the interventions made so far by government.
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1. Closing down churches, schools, social gatherings
The President, Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo on Sunday, March 15, 2020, announced that all schools, churches and other social gatherings would be suspended for the next four weeks. This announcement was to encourage social distancing which will in the end help curtail the spread of the disease.
2. Market Fumigation
The Ministry of Local Government and Rural Development also undertook market fumigation in some 137 markets in the Greater Accra Region
3. Mandatory Quarantine
Starting March 22, the president advised that all persons who would arrive at the Kotoka International Airport to be taken by the state and kept in mandatory quarantine for 14 days - a period which would manifest the virus if it was present.
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4. Travel restriction
Akufo-Addo earlier stated that members of his government should not make any unneccesary travels outside the country unless it was very important and an emergency.
5. Closing of borders
In the president's third update on the coronavirus pandemic, he announced that all our borders ( land, sea, and air ) would be closed to human and vehicular traffic for the next 2 weeks beginning midnight on Sunday, March 22, 2020.
6. National prayer and fasting
Again, President Akufo-Addo declared a day of fasting of prayer. Special prayer topics were given out to guide people who had observed the directive from the president. The national chief Imam, Osman Nuhu Sharabutu also called on all sects of Muslims to observe the fasting and prayer and further urged them to do a day in addition.
While some countries are under strict lockdown, some Ghanaians are also calling for the country to be locked down. The Information Minister, Kojo Oppong Nkrumah, however, indicated that this could be considered if the situation gets out of hand.
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