Ghana extends ban on social gatherings by 14 days to combat COVID-19

A health worker checks the temperature of a traveller as part of the coronavirus screening procedure at the Kotoka International Airport in Accra, Ghana. (Image Source: Reuters)
President of Ghana Nana Akufo-Addo at a past event. (Photo by Paul Marotta/Getty Images)

Ghanaian President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo announced a two-week extension of a ban on social gatherings to intensify efforts against the spread of the new coronavirus in the country.

He announced the extension on Sunday night in his latest broadcast to the nation on measures to combat the spread of COVID-19.

Ghana first introduced the ban on social gatherings on March 15, after reporting its first two confirmed index cases of the pandemic three days earlier.

Over the past week, the president had met with stakeholders to discuss the future of existing measures, which have imposed restrictions on public gatherings, shut down schools, and closed entry points.

“The strong consensus that emerged from these and other consultations is that we should maintain the existing measures for now, until we have a firm grip on the movement of the virus. This consensus is supported by data and science,” Akufo-Addo said.

As of Sunday, the West African country had tested 100,622 suspected COVID-19 cases, out of which 1,550 turned positive, including 11 deaths and 155 recoveries.

Ghana’s entry points have remained shut, but a lockdown on some of the hardest-hit territories has been lifted.