COVID-19: Ghana shut down schools, ban church activities and public gatherings

The government of Ghana has shut down schools and ban church activities, funerals, other public gatherings in the country.

President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo gave the order when he addressed the nation on Sunday.

He directed the management of schools in the country to shut down effective Monday, March 16, 2020, until further notice.

He said; “All universities, Senior High Schools and basic schools ie public and private schools, will be closed Monday, March 16, 2020, till further notice. The Ministry of Education, in collaboration with the Ministry of Communication, has been tasked to roll out distance learning programmes.”

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“BECE and WASSCE candidates will be allowed to attend school to prepare for their examinations but with prescribed social distancing protocols.”

The President said the ban will be in force for the next four weeks.

“I have decided in the interest of public safety and the protection of our population to review the public gathering advisories earlier announced as follows. Firstly, all public gatherings including conferences, workshops, funerals, festivals, political rallies, sporting events and religious activities, such as services in churches and mosques, have been suspended for the next four (4) weeks. Private burials are permitted, but with limited numbers, not exceeding twenty-five (25) in attendance,” the President said.

273 confirmed cases of Covid-19 have been reported in 26 African countries, according to the World Health Organization (WHO).

‘Only six people have succumbed to coronavirus so far in Africa,’ WHO reported.

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