COVID-19: What you missed in the news on Thursday, April 16, 2020

COVID-19: What you missed in the news on Thursday, April 16, 2020

As the COVID-19 coronavirus pandemic continues to spread around the world, a lot of eyes are on Africa — as a continent with existing issues of inequality and a lack of health infrastructure.

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While cases in Africa remain comparatively low, the West African nation of Ghana reportedly has one of the highest number of confirmed cases in Africa, with 641 confirmed cases to date — the second-highest number in the sub-region, after neighbouring Ivory Coast.

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Ghana has been praised for how she has responded to the virus — particularly in terms of testing, and as of April 15, 50,719 tests have been done so far.

Most people who fall sick with COVID-19 will experience mild to moderate symptoms and recover without special treatment. presents a wrap of stories that were carried on COVID-19 on Thursday, April 16, 2020.

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1. COVID-19: Papa Owusu Ankomah is stable – High Commission

Papa Owusu Ankomah, Ghana’s High Commissioner to the United Kingdom and Ireland, is in “stable condition” after he was diagnosed with coronavirus.

This is contained in a statement issued by the Ghana High Commission in London on Wednesday, April 15.

2. 83 COVID-19 patients recover in Ghana as case count hits 641

A total of 83 persons have recovered from the COVID-19 disease in Ghana, health officials announced on Wednesday, April 15.

The West African country has also recorded five new cases, making it a total of 641 nationwide. The country has been recording several causes since it instituted enhanced surveillance, restriction of movement and continuous public education to prevent the spread of cases of COVID-19.

3. Police hunt for Nigerian COVID-19 positive escapee in Ghana

A serious manhunt is underway to capture a Nigerian man who tested positive for the novel Coronavirus, the Ghana Police Service said on Thursday, April 16.

Simon Okafor Chukudi, 46, reportedly disappeared from his Wapaani residence in the Upper West Regional capital, Wa — after he was diagnosed with the deadly virus.

4. COVID-19: Photos drop as Bawumia visits National Information Contact Centre has sighted photos of the vice-president Dr Mahamadu Bawumia when he paid a visit to the state of the art National Information Contact Centre (NICC).

The centre, which has been in operation since the start of April 2020, is located at the Accra Digital Centre.

Bawumia said he had the privilege to respond to a call from Eno Mary who lives around Bawjiase road in Kasoa.

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5. COVID-19: Ghanaian robotics company invents electronic sanitisers (photos)

A Ghanaian company, Assuah Robotics based in Takoradi in the Western Region, has reportedly manufactured electronic hand sanitiser that can be mounted in offices, roadsides and other public space to help fight the novel coronavirus.

According to Emmanuel Gyau-Addo, a social media user and other multiple posts shared online, the electronic device is hands-free.

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