Akufo-Addo bans Church activities, funerals, other public gatherings amid coronavirus fears


President Akufo-Addo has banned all public gatherings including conference, workshops, funerals, festivals,schools political rallies and church activities and related events as part of measures to stop the spread of coronavirus in the country.

Also, universities and secondary schools are to shut down indefinitely.

President Akufo-Addo in a national address on Sunday said the ban will be in force for the next four weeks.

Ghana has recorded four more new cases of the Novel Coronavirus bringing the total number of confirmed cases in the country to six.

Two of the individuals returned to the country from the United States last week, the Director-General the Ghana Health Service (GHS) Dr Badu Sarkodie stated at a press briefing in Accra Sunday.

He also disclosed that among the two other new cases which to light on Saturday is a student of a university who had been in contact with 12 people.

The other is resident in Obuasi in the Ashanti region. Dr. Badu Sakordie noted all the six cases are in stable condition and are being monitored.

The Government has also announced a total travel ban for passengers who have been to countries where over 200 cases of the virus have been confirmed.

Ghana on Thursday, March 12, confirmed two cases of the deadly virus. One of the infected persons is a Norwegian diplomat in Ghana, while the other is a Ghanaian who returned from Turkey.

Summary of the President’s Speech

  1. Public Gatherings such as Sports, Conferences, Rallies, Religious activities and Seminars are to be suspended for the next 4weeks.
  2. Schools are to close down from 16/3/2020 until further notice
  3. Distance Learning should be encouraged.
  4. BECE and WASSCE candidates are to be allowed to go to school but practice Distancing…

5.Business like Hotels, Night cubs, Super markets, Malls should ensure highest level of personal hygiene…

  1. Travel Ban must be adhered to…
  2. Ministry of Local Government and Rural Development is to liase with all MMDCEs to see to the implementation of these directives
  3. Ministry of Transport should work with Transport Unions to ensure personal hygiene…
  4. The Attorney General is to see to Emergency Legislation to back these guidelines….
  5. Parliament is to support the Executive…


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