Government orders closure of schools & universities, bans public gatherings

The government has banned all public gatherings including conferences, workshops, funerals, festivals, political rallies, church activities, and other related events as part of measures to stop the spread of coronavirus in the country.

President Nana Akufo-Addo in a national address on Sunday [March 15, 2020] said the ban will be in force for the next four weeks.
“All public gatherings festivals, political rallies, religious events have been suspended for the next four weeks,” he said in his address.

He said private burials are allowed but should just be for a few people. The President also directed all universities to shut down effective Monday, March 16, 2020.

He said the country was in unusual times hence the measures.

Coronavirus cases in Ghana

As of noon on Sunday, March 15, 2020, six cases of COVID-19 had been confirmed in Ghana. Director of Public Health at Ghana Health Service, Dr. Badu Sarkodie who provided updates on the country’s cases on Sunday said all the cases were imported into the country.

The first two cases were confirmed on Thursday, March 12, 2020. Two other cases were confirmed on Friday, March 13, 2020, while an additional two were confirmed on Saturday, March 14, 2020.

Five of the cases were confirmed in the Greater Accra Region while the remaining one was confirmed in the Ashanti Region.

Health officials have been working to trace persons who have come into contact with the patients and may be at risk of contracting the virus.

President Nana Addo has come out to declare a holiday for all schools until further notice. In an address which was telecast live on TV, the Head of State directed that all schools children from Kindergarten to University Level must not go to school.

With the exception of SHS 3 and JHS 3 students who’re preparing for their final exams. This applies to both public and private schools

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