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COVID-19: Parliament to Relocate to AICC As Part Of Measures To Prevent Spread

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The Speaker of Parliament Prof. Aaron Mike Oquaye has hinted of relocating to Parliament to the Accra International Conference Centre (AICC), which is a more spacious area, in their bid to observe social distancing as part of measures to prevent the spread of COVID-19.

Ghana has confirmed 24 cases of the disease with one casualty so far.

In a bid to ensure the casualties are reduced to the barest minimum, the country has put in place some measures including a ban on social gatherings, shut down of schools, churches among others.

Speaking in Parliament on Monday, 23 March 2020, Prof Oquaye while admonishing the lawmakers to adhere strictly to social distancing also hinted that the House will have to relocate to the Conference Centre.

Meanwhile last week, MP for Assin Central, Kennedy Agyapong appealed to the leadership of the House to suspend parliament.

He said the sitting arrangement in parliament is too close and that puts the lawmakers at a high risk of contracting the virus, that is, if a member unknowingly gets infected.

Mr Agyapong explained that the MPs will use their long break to do parliamentary duties after the infection has been totally eradicated in the country.

Speaking on Accra-based Net 2 television on Wednesday, 18 March 2020, Mr Agyapong suggested, “I’ll like to appeal to the leadership of Parliament to put parliamentary duties on hold for now. Let us go on break as the country deals with the outbreak and then later use our long vacation to work. By that time the problem may have been dealt with.”

He added, “Although there are sanitizers all over the place where we can all wash our hands frequently, we need to discourage that sitting arrangement because we are too close in the house.”

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Vice President Bawumia donates 3 months salary to COVID-19 Fund

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The Vice President, Dr. Mahamudu Bawumua, has followed the exemplary gesture of President Akufo-Addo by donating three months of his salary to Ghana’s COVID-19 Fund.

In his broadcast to the nation on Friday night, President Akufo-Addo, among other measures, announced the establishment of a COVID-19 Fund to raise money to mitigate the impact of the virus on vulnerable Ghanaians who have been affected.

The President also revealed he had instructed the Controller and Accountant General to pay his next three months salary to support the Fund.

Vice President Bawumia has also confirmed his next three months’ salary will be paid to the COVID-19 Fund to support it.

“To support the kind gesture by the President of directing the Controller and Accountant General to pay his April, May and June salaries to Covid-19 Fund, I am donating three months of my salary starting from April to support the fight against Covid-19,” Vice President Bawumia wrote on his Facebook page on Saturday.

While sympathizing with those who have fallen victim to the virus, Dr. Bawumia also urged all to adhere strictly to measures announced by the government to prevent further spread of the virus.

“Fellow Ghanaians, March has been a sorrowful month for us as a nation with the Covid-19 infection,” wrote the Vice President.

“Samira and I empathize with all infected with the virus, and we wish them a speedy recovery. We also express our sympathies to families of those who have lost their lives through the virus. May the souls of the departed rest in the bossom of God.”

“Last night, President Akufo-Addo’s address to the nation anchored on the bold measures taken by the government to help contain the Coronavirus pandemic and prevent further spread.”

The Vice President was optimistic that if government’s preventive protocols are observed, the country will overcome the virus.

“Ultimately, we should all endeavour to stay at home, observe the preventive measures and together create a Covid-19-free society.”

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Coronavirus Cases In Ghana Up By 4; Now 141 With 5 Deaths

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An update by the Ghana Health Service shows that the number of Coronavirus cases in Ghana has increased with the number of deaths increasing.

Before this update, Coronavirus cases in Ghana was 137 with four fatalities but both figures have increased as four new cases have been recorded with another death being confirmed.

At the moment, the total number of Coronavirus cases in Ghana is 141 with 5 death. This was revealed by the Ghana Health Service.

Situation Update, Confirmed COVID-19 Cases In Ghana As At 28 March 2020, 15:20hrs

As of 14:00 hours on the 28th March 2020, a total of 2,519 persons have been tested for COVID-19 in Ghana. Among the tested, 1,276 (50.7%) were persons under mandatory quarantine with 1,243 (49.3%) from routine surveillance activities. Among all 2,519 persons tested, one hundred and forty-one (141) tested positive representing 5.6%.

Among persons under mandatory quarantine, 79 representing 6.2% tested positive. Among samples tested from routine surveillance, sixty-two (62) representing 5.0% tested positive.

Only three regions have so far reported cases- the Greater Accra, Ashanti and Upper West Regions from routine disease surveillance. One case has been confirmed in the Upper West Region. The Ashanti Region has recorded 7 of the 8 cases recorded outside the Greater Accra Region. All other 54 cases from routine surveillance were recorded in the Greater Accra Region.

A total of 731 contacts of confirmed cases are currently being followed up by the contact tracing team. Among contacts, 53 were found to have symptoms and 48 have been tested with one person testing positive.

Two hundred and thirty-one contacts have completed the mandatory 14-day follow-up.

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Pastor Daniel Amoateng Offers His Church As A Home For The Homeless Following Lockdown

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Ghanaian pastor Daniel Amoateng of Power of Worship International is using his church to serve as a home for the homeless following lockdown by President Akufo-Addo.

As part of the measures to control the Coronavirus, Ghana’s President, Akufo-Addo has locked down some places for a period of two weeks –subject to review.

On that note, Pastor Brian Amoateng has offered his church located on the Spintex Road as a home for the people on the street.

According to him, the feeding of those people would as well be his responsibility.

This comes after the man of God has been criticized for his insensitive comment — Pastor Brian Amoateng made the news a few days ago after he said it’s not the responsibility of the church to buy sanitizers for its members.

According to him, offering and tithes given to the church is for God and not to be returned as a favour for the people.

His comment didn’t sit well with Ghanaians as they blasted him accordingly.

However, the man of God is currently proving that the church doesn’t only receive but gives back as well, especially in times like these.

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