Ghana extends ban on public gatherings until May 31

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CAMBRIDGE, MA - MARCH 29: President of Ghana Nana Akufo-Addo delivers the Keynote Address for the 2019 10th Annual Africa Development Conference at Harvard University John F. Kennedy School of Government on March 29, 2019 in Cambridge, Massachusetts. (Photo by Paul Marotta/Getty Images)

President Nana Akufo-Addo of Ghana has extended the ban on public gathering, including religious activities, festivals and funerals till the end of May.

Delivering his ninth address to the nation on measures taken to combat the spread of Coronavirus, Akufo-Addo said the closure of schools and ban on public gatherings had created a lot of inconvenience for many Ghanaians but “we have no option but to stay the course.”

“So, during this period, there will continue to be a ban on public gatherings such as holding of conferences, workshops, parties, night clubs, drinking spots, festivals, political rallies, religious activities, sporting events. All educational facilities private and public, remain closed.

“There is still a ban on funerals, other than private burials with not more than 25 persons. It is noteworthy that the police are arresting and prosecuting persons, irrespective of their status in society who flout these regulations.”

Ghana’s case count of COVID-19 has increased to 4,700 with 494 recoveries and 22 deaths.

 

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