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General News of Thursday, 26 March 2020


Coronavirus: GPRTU provides Veronica buckets at Circle station

One of the Veronica buckets positioned at the Korle-Bu station One of the Veronica buckets positioned at the Korle-Bu station

As the deadly coronavirus is fast spreading, the Circle-Odawna branch of the Ghana Private Road Transport Union (GPRTU) has provided about 20 Veronica buckets in the new station yard.

Positioned at vantage points, the hand washing equipment is to service both commercial vehicle (trotro) drivers and passengers.

In an interview with GhanaWeb, one of the station masters said it was necessary to provide the buckets for people's perusal by way of observing one of the precautionary measures outlined by both President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo and the Ghana Health Service.

This gesture which promotes frequent handwashing with soap will help contain the global pandemic, coronavirus that the country is currently battling with.

Among other precautionary measures to be taken to protect yourself from contracting the disease are; frequent use of hand sanitizer, cough or sneeze into one's elbow, observe social distancing of 1.5 meters away from affected persons and don't touch your face.

So far, Ghana has recorded 68 cases of the coronavirus with 3 deaths.

According to the Ghana Health Service, the sudden spike in case incidence is as a result of the mandatory quarantine and compulsory testing for all travellers entering Ghana.

"Overall, 30 of the 68 cases have been reported in the general population with the remaining 38 cases among persons currently under mandatory quarantine. As of 24 March, total of 1,030 persons are under mandatory quarantine; samples from 863 of them have been tested and 38 confirmed positive."

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