Ghana like many African countries is experiencing a rise in the number of new COVID-19 cases.
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The West African nation’s recorded cases have risen to 378 as of Thursday, April 9, 2020.
Like other countries in Africa and the world, Ghana’s government is enforcing strict social distancing measures and rules to prevent the spread of the virus.
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The coronavirus pandemic was fist confirmed to have spread in Africa on February 14, 2020.
The first confirmed case on the continent was in Egypt, and the first confirmed case in sub-Saharan Africa was in Nigeria.
Most of the identified cases have arrived from Europe and the United States rather than from China.
Experts have worried about COVID-19 spreading to Africa, because many of the healthcare systems on the continent are inadequate, having problems such as lack of equipment, lack of funding, insufficient training of healthcare workers, and inefficient data transmission.
YEN.com.gh presents a wrap and review of COVID-19 related stories in Ghana on Thursday, April 9, 2020.
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1. Lockdown extended for one more week in Ghana – Akufo-Addo declares
President Akufo-Addo has extended the lockdown by one more week in Accra, Tema, Kasoa and Kumasi.
Speaking in an address to the nation on Thursday evening, he appealed to Ghanaians to observe the social distancing protocols and also cooperate with the security agencies.
2. COVID-19: Government to absorb electricity bills
President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo has announced government's decision to absorb the electricity bills of consumers.
President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo in his sixth address to the nation on the measures taken to ease the burden of Ghanaians during this period has announced that the government would fully absorb electricity bills for the poorest of the poor.
Explaining further, Nana Addo stated that electricity was going to be free for people who consume 0 to 50 kilowatt-hours a month, for the next three months.
3. Ghana's COVID-19 cases jump to 378
Ghana's COVID-19 cases have risen to 378.
This was disclosed by President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo in a televised address to the nation on Thursday, 9 April 2020.
Six persons have lost their lives, two are in critical condition while four have fully recovered.
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4. Former Hearts of Oak captain, Joseph Kpakpo Oti Ankrah who is popularly known as 'Joe Dakota' is reported to have died in the US after battling the deadly coronavirus.
The unfortunate event is said to have happened on Wednesday, April 8, 2020, at Silver Spring, Maryland after the 84-year-old former footballer battled with COVID-19 at the hospital's Internal Care Unit (ICU) for some time.
5. Coronavirus hitting us hard – National Blood Bank decries stock shortage
The National Blood Service in Accra says it is supplying blood to only health facilities with emergency cases.
This is because its blood collection has reduced drastically in the wake of the Coronavirus pandemic.
In an interview with Citi News, a Blood Safety officer at the National Blood Service, Dr. Michael Acquah, said an appointment system has been introduced for voluntary blood donors.
YEN.com.gh earlier reported that some police personnel ensuring residents within the Awutu Senya West District abide by the partial lockdown, rejected the food that was provided for them on Tuesday, April 7, 2020.
According to a report by Kasapa FM, the police personnel say the food provided them by the Administration had already gone bad when it was handed over to them.
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