COVID-19: All the news you missed this week on the pandemic in Ghana

COVID-19: All the news you missed this week on the pandemic in Ghana

President Nana Akufo-Addo on Sunday, April 19, 2020, announced that he has lifted the 3-week-long lockdown in the Accra, Kumasi, Tema, and Kasoa, effective Monday, April 20.

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The move made Ghana one of the first few countries in the world to have lifted restrictions amid the COVID-19 pandemic.

Easing the preventive restrictions was “in view of our ability to undertake aggressive contact tracing of infected persons,” President Nana Akufo-Addo said.

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The President also assured the lifting these restrictions does not mean the country is letting our guard down.

While educational facilities still remain closed, businesses have been allowed to operate conditionally.

The disease that was first detected in Wuhan, China late 2019 has spread to 185 countries and regions. It has killed more than 165,000 people and infected over 2.4 million.

The U.S. is the worst-affected country with nearly 760,000 people testing positive, and 40,000-plus dying.

YEN.com.gh brings you news around COVID-19 sine President Akufo-Addo lifted the restrictions on movement in parts of the country.

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1. 134 recover as Ghana records 1,279 COVID-19 cases with 10 deaths

Since President Akufo-Addo relaxed things for Ghanaians, the Ghana Health Services has announced that at least 134 people have recovered from COVID-19 as Ghana records 1,279 cases.

One more person has died increasing the death toll to 10. This latest update was on Friday, April 24.

2. COVID-19: Oyarifa landlady cancels 3-month rent to help tenants (Photo)

Joyce Terkper, a landlady at Oyarifa near Adentan in the Greater Accra Region, has cancelled a three-month rent to her tenants.

In the letter dated April 18, 2020, and sighted by YEN.com.gh, the landlady says the gesture is to help reduce the effect of the coronavirus pandemic on the tenants.

3. Akufo-Addo’s economy ‘on ventilators’ after a month of Coronavirus – Mahama

Former President and flagbearer of the opposition National Democratic Congress (NDC), John Dramani Mahama says the much-hyped economy by the governing New Patriotic Party has failed the test of time as it is currently in shambles a month after the Coronavirus outbreak.

According to him, the economy is currently in Intensive Care following the ravaging impact of COVID-19.

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4. COVID-19: 8000 police officers to be tested after partial lockdown exercise

The Inspector-General of Police (IGP), Mr. James Oppong Boanuh, has directed that all frontline police personnel who are involved in the fight of the coronavirus should go into self-quarantine.

According to the Director of Public Affairs at the Ghana Police Service, Superintendent Sheila Kesse Abayie-Buckman, the IGP has asked that the about 8,000 personnel also get tested for the COVID-19 virus.

5. COVID-19: Aayalolo services for health workers in Ashanti Region withdrawn

The provision of the Bus Rapid Transport Services for health workers in the Ashanti Region has from effective today, Friday, April 24, 2020, been withdrawn.

This follows the lifting of the partial lockdown in various parts of the country.

6. COVID-19: Cost of food is cheaper now – Agric Minister claims

Minister of Agriculture, Dr. Owusu Afriyie Akoto, has stated that food prices in Ghana are relatively cheaper despite the outbreak of the novel Coronavirus in the country.

Due to the COVID-19, there were unreasonable hikes in the prices of foodstuff in the markets. Addressing the alleged price hikes at the press briefing, Thursday, April 23, 2020, Dr. Akoto said the government’s Planting for Food and Jobs programme has created a food surplus in the system.

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7. COVID-19: Church of Pentecost offers Convention Centre to gov't for use as an isolation facility

The Church of Pentecost Ghana has offered its ultra-modern Convention Centre at Gomao Fetteh in the Central Region to government to be used as an isolation centre.

This move forms part of the Church's Corporate Social Responsibility to help the government fight the novel coronavirus disease which has plagued the whole world.

8. KNUST develops low-cost ventilator to support Covid-19 care and management

Engineering students at the Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology (KNUST) have developed a low-cost automated respirator.

In 2010, researchers led by President of the Institute for Security, Disaster and Emergency Studies, Dr Ishmael Norman, sought to find the all-risk emergency preparedness at Ghana’s hospitals.

Meanwhile, YEN.com.gh also earlier reported that the founder and general overseer of the Glorious Word Power Ministries International, Rev. Isaac Owusu Bempah has revealed that another virus would emerge after the COVID-19.

According to the prophet who is noted for giving doomsday prophecies, what is yet to come would be scarier than coronavirus and will kill a great number of people as well.

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