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5 Dead Bodies Found on The Streets of Kumasi Rises Fear Among Citizens

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Unidentified five dead bodies have been found on the streets of Kumasi in the Ashanti region.

It is unclear the cause of their demise. It comes in the wake of Ghana’s fight against the global pandemic covid-19.

Ultimate FM’s Isaac Bediako Justice reports on the Morning Starr that mortuary men in Kumasi are demanding that covid-19 test is conducted on the bodies before they attend to them.

Meanwhile, Coronavirus case count in Ghana has seen a marginal increase rising from 636 to 641 as of Wednesday night.

Accoridng to the Ghana Health Service, as of 14th April 2020, at 23:00HRS, a total of 50,719 persons have been tested with 641 being positive for COVID-19.

The breakdown of the 641 positive cases are as follows: seventeen (17) have been treated, reverted to negative on repeat tests and discharged. Furthermore, 66 have tested negative once and awaiting second test.

This brings together a total of 83 cases that have been recovered/discharged. 548 cases have been categorised as mild disease and are on treatment, two (2) are categorized as moderate to severe cases, none in critical state currently and eight (8) have died.

The five (5) new cases were recorded in the following locations; one from Adenta Municipality and two (2) each from Ayawaso East and Ayawaso Central Municipalities. With the exception of one of the cases from Ayawaso East, all the new cases are asymptomatic. Contacts of the new cases are being listed for follow up.

Of the 641 confirmed COVID-19 cases, 268 were reported from two from the routine surveillance, 258 from enhanced surveillance activities and 115 from travellers who were previously under mandatory quarantine in Accra and Tamale.

Regions that have reported cases are Greater Accra, Ashanti, Central, Eastern, Western, Volta, Northern, North East, Upper East, and Upper West regions.

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41 Ghanaians in USA arrive in Ghana

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41 Ghanaians who were in Washington DC, USA, have arrived in safely in Ghana.

41 Ghanaians who are mostly students who went on an exchange program sponsored by the State Department of the United States of America have arrived safely back home.

They arrived aboard a South African Airways flight at 9.20 am today, Saturday, at the Kotoko International Airport, Citinewsroom.com reported.

This comes a day after the government announced that it has arranged chartered flights to bring back Ghanaians home based on a schedule drawn up by the Foreign Affairs Ministry even though most countries have closed borders due to COVID-19.

The evacuees are lodging at a hotel in Accra, and they are to observe the two-weeks mandatory quarantine period.

One of the students who spoke to Citi News said, “The exchange program was supposed to be for ten months. So we were supposed to come back on June 8. But we left our various states on June 3 and then we went to the USA to stay overnight and then we left.”

Source: Citinewsroom.com

 

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Ghana’s COVID-19 case count rises to 9,642 with 44 deaths and 3,547 recoveries

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According to the Ghana Health Service’s dedicated website for the updates on COVID-19, Ghana’s case has made a substantial rise once again.

As of today, the total case count is at 9,642 with 44 deaths and 3,547 deaths. The number of active cases stand at 5,871.

Regional Breakdown Of COVID-19 cases below:

Greater Accra Region – 6,282

Ashanti Region – 1,645

Western Region – 580

Central Region – 478

Eastern Region – 163

Volta Region – 102

Western North Region – 74

Upper East Region – 42

Northern Region – 37

Oti Region – 26

Upper West Region – 22

Bono East Region – 7

North East Region – 2

Savannah Region – 1

Bono Region – 1

Ahafo Region –

Although the cases keep increasing, most Ghanaians have relaxed their adherence to safety and preventive protocols. On the other hand, the government has made an effort to open churches, schools and mosques with a personal conviction of hope.

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Stranded Ghanaians in every part of the world will be evacuated – Foreign Affairs Minister

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The Government on Friday announced that evacuation of Ghanaians stranded in foreign countries following the outbreak of the COVID-19, would be extended to other parts of the world.

The Kuwaiti Government last May deported some 230 Ghanaians from gulf nation.

Ms Shirley Ayorkor Botchwey, Minister for Foreign Affairs and Regional Integration told Parliament, in Osu Accra, that, “following the return from Kuwait, I am pleased to inform this august House about Government’s efforts to extend the evacuation exercise to other parts of the world.”

The Minister’s announcement was part of her response to an urgent question by Mr Samuel Okudzeto Ablakwa, Ranking Member on the Committee of Foreign Affairs and MP for North Tongu on plans by the Ministry for evacuating Ghanaians stranded abroad following the closure of the nation’s borders in a bid to prevent the importation of Covid-19.

Ms Botchwey said the exercise would be done in phases considering logistical constraints, and announced the schedule of the next phases of arrivals.

Under Phase Two, being done by charter flights, seven persons have been evacuated from Lagos, Nigeria on 5th June; 15 were to be evacuated from Mauritania on the 5th June; and on the 6th June, five from Turks and Calcos; 35 from Washington DC; 14 from Burkina Faso; and four from Mauritania on 9th June, 2020.

Phase three would be assisted by KLM Charter flights, and there would be 434 and additional one FSO; 299 from New York on 24 June 2020; and 300 from Washington DC on 28th June.

“It should be noted that these arrangements are subject to other requirements in the host countries, which may result in changes in the scheduled dates of arrival,” the Minister said.

She announced that negotiations were currently underway between Ghana’s Mission in Beijing and Ethiopian Airlines for the evacuation of some 675 stranded Ghanaians in China and Ghana’s Mission in Abu Dhabi has initiated discussions with the United Arab Emirates authorities for the evacuation of over 500 of Ghanaian nationals stranded in that country.

Similarly, the Foreign Affairs and RegionalIntegration Ministry has arranged with the Scholarships Secretariat and the National Covid-19 Task Force to evacuate by STC buses, 141 Ghanaian students who completed their language proficiency courses in Benin on 13th June 2020.

The Minister said further arrangements were in progress to assist with the evacuation of stranded Ghanaians in other countries as Belgium, Canada, Denmark, Germany, Italy, South Africa, Spain, Netherlands, Niger, Norway, Kenya, Ethiopia and Switzerland.

Ms Botchwey said priority might be given to urgent evacuation requests that required minimal Government intervention, such as pre-arranged charter awaiting flights awaiting landing clearance from Government.

Meanwhile, Mr Ablakwa later at a press conference called for consular assistance for the stranded Ghanaians, particularly in Dubai, as they attracted the attention of the security agencies in affected countries.

“The videos of the ordeals of some of our women are heart-wrenching. Some of them have not changed their clothes of taken a shower for two weeks,” he lamented.

He appealed to the Government to for a more conclusive data collection for a fair and accurate picture of how many Ghanaians were to be evacuated, and a budget line in the Foreign Affairs Ministry for stranded Ghanaians.

Furthermore, the Government should arrange other means of housing the returnees rather than in hotels, for which he complained that their rates were high.

He suggested the use of accommodation facilities not being currently used in the universities and Senior High Schools.

Source: GNA

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