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General News of Thursday, 30 April 2020


We’ve not taken any decision to lift the ban on social gatherings - Akufo-Addo

President of Ghana, Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo President of Ghana, Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo

The decision to lift the ban on all social gatherings which was imposed as part of measures to contain the spread of the coronavirus outbreak has not been taken, President Akufo-Addo has stated.

“We have not taken a decision on when public gathering can resume,” he declared.

Speaking in an address to some 3,000 participants who tuned into the webinar, the President said, Ghana’s borders, which have been closed to prevent the influx of foreigners carrying the disease into the country will remain closed.

He said the extension of the ban was necessary and admonished Ghanaians to comply with it.

According to the president, a lot of information has been gathered on the geographical footprint of the virus, which has influenced the manner in which Ghana has handled the outbreak but relaxing the public gatherings restrictions is undecided at the moment.

The president said the overall picture is that the rate of infection has remained relatively constant.

With a positivity rate of 1.58 percent, “we are not seeing this large explosion that was feared for our country at the beginning and therefore, the ability to manage those who have been affected is much more within our means,” he noted.

The president spoke on the theme: ‘This isn’t the West – How Africa’s informal sector reacts to Covid-19’.

The confirmed cases of COVID-19 in Ghana has increased to 1,671.

1,461 of the infected persons are said to be doing well and responding to treatment while six of them are “moderately to critically ill”.

The number of recoveries from the illness has also risen to 188.

The Greater Accra Region has the highest number of cases in the country with 1,433 positive tests followed by the Ashanti Region which has 84 cases and the Eastern Region which has 57 cases.

The Upper East Region has 18 cases, the Oti Region and Central Region has 17 cases respectively, the Northern Region has 13 cases, Volta Region has 11 cases, Western Region has nine cases, the Upper West Region has eight cases, the North East Region has two cases and the Western North Region has one case.

The Savannah, Bono, Ahafo, and Bono East Regions have not recorded any cases.

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