Coronavirus: 6 important details we gathered on March 24

Coronavirus: 6 important details we gathered on March 24

More and more countries are considering a lockdown should the current situation and impact of the COVID-19 continue without a cure for the virus.

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Countries like Italy, China, some states in the US and UK have all ordered people to stay at home.

On Monday, March 23, 2020, the United Kingdom went into lockdown as British Prime Minister Boris Johnson tried to stem the spread of coronavirus, which has infected more than 5,000 people and killed hundreds in his country.

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Also after growing international pressure, Japan and the International Olympic Committee have agreed to postpone the 2020 Tokyo games until next year, but said they would happen no later than summer 2021.

In Ghana, President Nana Akufo-Addo announced in an address to the nation that all borders – air, land and sea – will be closed to human traffic from March 22, midnight in a bid to contain the Covid-19 disease.

This closure will not apply to goods, supplies and cargo,” he said in the address. presents a wrap of all coronavirus related stories for Tuesday, March 24, 2020.

1. 53 cases so far

Ghana has confirmed 53 Covid-19 cases, according to the Minister of Health Kwaku Agyemang Manu on Tuesday, March 24.

Speaking at a press conference in Accra on Tuesday, he said health officials are working around the clock to save the situation.

Two deaths have been confirmed out of the 53.

2. 1,030 people quarantined

A total number of 1,030 travelers have been quarantined in Ghana, the National Security revealed.

An official of the national security O.B Dickson at a press conference said a psychologist has also been employed to counsel all those in quarantine at the various isolation centers in the capital.

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3. Evacuation of American and UK nationals in Ghana

The US Department of State is arranging flights for U.S. citizens to go back to the United States.

This is to help Americans who are having trouble leaving Ghana because of travel restrictions resulting from the coronavirus pandemic.

Some passengers who were booked to fly back to the UK were left stranded at the Kotoka International Airport (KIA) after their flight was cancelled at the last hour.

The about 360 passengers, mainly UK nationals were being evacuated under a special arrangement facilitated by the British High Commission following the closure of Ghana’s air, sea and land borders to stop the importation of COVID-19 into the country.

4. COVID-19: Market women meet Akufo-Addo; observe 'serious' social distancing

President Nana Akufo-Addo has expressed gratitude to the leadership of some 137 Accra-based market associations for co-operating with the disinfection exercise that was carried out on March 23.

Prez Akufo-Addo urged them to continue to maintain strict self-discipline, and continue to practice social distancing and enhanced hygiene protocols in all aspects of our daily lives.

5. Manu Dibango: Renowned Jazz maestro succumbs to coronavirus

Cameroonian Afro-jazz legend, Manu Dibango is dead, he died at the age of 86.

The family of the Cameroonian singer and saxophonist on his Facebook page on Tuesday announced his death from the consequences of the new coronavirus.

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6. Coronavirus: Church of Pentecost donates items worth GHC45k to government to fight COVID-19

The Church of Pentecost, today, Tuesday, donated, personal protective equipment worth over GH¢45,000 to the Government of Ghana to aid in the country’s fight against COVID-19.

According to the Church, the PPEs are to be distributed to all frontline health personnel in the country. earlier reported that the Church of Pentecost (CoP) has donated 10 cinema vans to the National Commission for Civic Education (NCCE) to help in the Commission's efforts against the Coronavirus disease (COVID-19).

The vans which are already fitted with public address systems are to be used for nationwide public education on COVID-19 by intensifying public awareness creation.

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