Ghana Extends Ban on Public Gatherings as Coronavirus Cases Continue to Rise

Must Read

African Tribe: The Daasanach People of Eastern Africa

The Daasanach are a semi-nomadic tribe numbering approximately 50,000 whose clans stretch across Sudan, Kenya and Southern Ethiopia. The Daasanach...

Mali Swears In Bah Ndaw As New Civilian Leader

Mali's new president Bah Ndaw has been sworn into office, five weeks after the overthrow of Ibrahim Boubacar Keïta. Former...

Troublesome South African Baboon Evicted For Organizing Gang To Raid Homes

Kataza is an urban baboon who was captured and put in a local prison for organizing a band of baboons to join him in raiding 15 homes in Kommetjie, on Cape Town's southern peninsula in South Africa.



Ghana’s President Nana Akufo-Addo has extended the ban on public gatherings until the end of the month as the country’s coronavirus cases continue to rise.

Ghana Extends Ban on Gatherings as Coronavirus Cases Continue to Rise

Schools will remain closed while religious activities, conferences and festivals are banned during the period. All border crossings will also remain closed.

The west African nation has so far confirmed 4,700 cases and 22 deaths, and 494 recoveries as of Monday morning.

In a televised address on Sunday night, President Akufo-Addo said extending the measures was necessary to contain the spread of the virus.

The restrictive measures were first imposed two months ago to curb the spread of the virus.

On Thursday, more than 500 workers at a fish processing plant tested positive for the virus in the industrial city of Tema, which saw the country’s total case count increase by nearly 30% – the highest in a single day.

This was days after health officials said infection rates had reached a peak.

All 533 persons were infected by one person,” President Akufo-Addo said. He did not provide details of how the disease spread in the facility or if safety measures had been in place.

The new cases recorded pushed Ghana’s total since the pandemic was first reported in the West African nation in mid-March to 4,700 as of Sunday night, the highest number of infections in West Africa and the second highest in Sub-Saharan Africa.

Ghana has tested around 160,000 samples so far.

Coronavirus in Sub Saharan Africa

Coronavirus cases in Africa South Africa is the hardest-hit country in Sub-Saharan Africa with 9420 cases, followed by Ghana with 4263 cases, Nigeria with 4151 cases, Cameroon with 2274 cases, and Guinea with 2009 cases.



Mr Madu
Mr Madu is a freelance writer, a lover of Africa and a frequent hiker who loves long, vigorous walks, usually on hills or mountains.

Subscribe to receive email updates

With a subscription profile, you automatically receive updates without having to return to the website and check for changes

Just In

African Tribe: The Daasanach People of Eastern Africa

The Daasanach are a semi-nomadic tribe numbering approximately 50,000 whose clans stretch across Sudan, Kenya and Southern Ethiopia. The Daasanach...

Mali Swears In Bah Ndaw As New Civilian Leader

Mali's new president Bah Ndaw has been sworn into office, five weeks after the overthrow of Ibrahim Boubacar Keïta. Former Defence Minister Bah Ndaw, 70,...

Troublesome South African Baboon Evicted For Organizing Gang To Raid Homes

Kataza is an urban baboon who was captured and put in a local prison for organizing a band of baboons to join him in raiding 15 homes in Kommetjie, on Cape Town's southern peninsula in South Africa.

A Leading University In China Now Teaches Ethiopia’s Amharic Language As A Full Course

A leading university in China — Beijing Foreign Studies University (BFSU) — has started to offer Ethiopia's widely spoken Amharic language as a full...

TIME 100: Tony Elumelu, Three Other Nigerians Makes Time’s list of 100 Most Influential People Of 2020

Tony Elumelu, is among four Nigerians named by the Time Magazine International in their 2020 list of 100 most influential people in the world...

More Articles Like This