COVID-19 pandemic in Ghana

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COVID-19 pandemic in Ghana
Virus strainSARS-CoV-2
First outbreakNorway/Turkey/France
Index caseAccra
Arrival date12 March 2020
(4 years, 2 months, 1 week and 1 day)
Confirmed cases5,408 (as of 13 May)[1]
Active cases4,870 (as of 13 May)
Recovered514 (as of 13 May)
24 (as of 13 May)
Government website
Health education at school.
Vaccination card.

The first two cases related to the COVID-19 pandemic in Ghana were confirmed on 12 March 2020, when two people returned from Norway and Turkey.

On 11 March, President Nana Akufo-Addo announced a budget increase of an equal amount to $US100 million[2] available to increase Ghana's coronavirus and response plan.[3]

Traveling to Ghana had been strongly discouraged until further notice from countries where at least 200 cases of COVID-19 were recorded was declared.[4][5]

On 15 March, President Nana Akufo-Addo banned all public gatherings including conferences, education facilities, workshops, funerals, festivals, political rallies, church activities and other related events to reduce the spread of COVID-19.[6]

On 12 November, the country's first president Jerry Rawlings died from the infection in Accra, aged 73.[7]

References[change | change source]

  1. "COVID-19 Updates | Ghana". Archived from the original on 2020-07-17. Retrieved 2020-05-13.
  2. "Panic 'hits' social media as Ghana confirms first cases of coronavirus". 13 March 2020.
  3. "Coronavirus: MPs to have temperature tested before entering chamber – Speaker". GhanaWeb. 12 March 2020. Archived from the original on 15 March 2020. Retrieved 14 May 2020.
  4. "Ghana COVID-19 cases rise to six". Ghana Business News. 15 March 2020.
  5. Duncan, Jude (15 March 2020). "Coronavirus: Travellers from countries with over 200 cases won't be allowed in Ghana". Citi Newsroom.
  6. Nyabor, Jonas (15 March 2020). "Coronavirus: Government bans religious activities, funerals, all other public gatherings". Citi Newsroom. Archived from the original on 23 June 2020. Retrieved 16 March 2020.
  7. Jerry Rawlings, ex-Ghanaian president, dies from COVID-19