Ghana’s president Nana Akufo-Addo has announced in an address to the nation that all borders – air, land and sea – will be closed to human traffic from Sunday midnight in a bid to contain the Covid-19 disease.
“This closure will not apply to goods, supplies and cargo,” he said in the address.
He said anybody who arrives in the country within the next two weeks will undergo “mandatory quarantine” and tested for the coronavirus.
Ghana has recorded its first Covid-19 death – a Lebanese who stays in Kumasi.
He was a 61-year-old male trader. He felt unwell and reported to a health facility with fever (temp 39.4 ℃ ), and cough. The sample tested positive for COVID-19, according to the Ghana Health Service.
“The information I got from the Director-General of the Ghana Health Service is that that person [the Lebanese man] has died. He died today [Saturday],” a deputy Health Minister, Alex Abban, confirmed to Citi News.
19 cases recorded
Two were reported from Greater Accra Region and one from Ashanti Region.
Below are the details as released:
1. 55-year-old Ghanaian woman; resident of the UK; returned to Ghana within two weeks; sample confirmed positive in the laboratory
2. 84-year-old Ghanaian lady resident of the United Kingdom; came back to Ghana within the past two (2) weeks; developed symptoms and sample confirmed positive in the laboratory
3. 27-year-old Chinese male; returned to Ghana (Ashanti Region) in the past two weeks; developed symptoms and sample confirmed positive in the laboratory.
This brings to a total of 19 confirmed cases in Ghana, with no death. Contact tracing has started in all these confirmed cases.
Source: Daily Mail GH