Ghana records 271 new coronavirus cases a week after lifting lockdown
London, April 27, 2020 (AltAfrica)-A week after Ghana President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo lifted a three-week lockdown, the West African country has recorded additional 271 cases of the novel Coronavirus, taking the country’s total positive cases to 1550.
One more person has also died according to the latest update from the Ghana Health Service (GHS) on Sunday, April 26, 2020. The death toll now stands at 11 with 155 persons recovering from the disease
Data from the Ghana Health Service also reveal that 62 percent of infected persons in Ghana are male while 38 percent are female. Sixteen percent of infected persons have a travel history with a staggering 84 percent having no clear history of travel.
Meanwhile, President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo has extended the ban on public gathering including religious activities and funerals by an additional two weeks.
He made this known during his eighth televised address to the nation on the outbreak of the novel Coronavirus in the country on Sunday, April 26, 2020.
Akufo-Addo said, “I have, accordingly, by Executive Instrument, extended for another two (2) weeks the suspension of all public and social gatherings, as set out in E.I 64 of 15th March, 2020, effective tomorrow, 1 am, Monday, 27th April.”
He continued, “I am encouraged that so many of our trotros, taxis, and buses are operating with a minimal number of passengers, and our businesses and supermarkets are enforcing the need for social distancing, the use of hand sanitizers and the wearing of masks for all patrons and staff.”
“I am fully aware of the sacrifices in reduced revenues that all businesses and enterprises are suffering. But, I believe we have no option but to sacrifice to defeat this virus. This is the time for sacrifice, so that we do not have to bear a greater cost in the future.”
Akufo-Addo expressed his displeasure with some Ghanaians aiding some West African nationals to enter the country illegally, despite the closure of our borders.
He said, some of these West African nationals who have been arrested, have later tested positive for the virus