Coronavirus disease (COVID-19) Recorded Cases In Ghana
On 11 March the Minister of Finance, Ken Ofori-Atta, made the cedi equivalent of $100 million available to enhance Ghana’s coronavirus preparedness and response plan.
The Health Minister Kwaku Agyemang-Manu announced Ghana’s first two cases on 12 March 2020 at an emergency press briefing. The tests were performed at the Noguchi Memorial Institute of Medical Research, University of Ghana. The two cases were people who came back to the country from Norway and Turkey, beginning the contact tracing process. One case is a senior officer at the Norwegian Embassy in Ghana who had returned from Norway, while the other was a staff member at the UN offices in Ghana who had returned from Turkey.
On 15 March 2020, four new cases were confirmed in a live telecast by the Ministry of Health and Minister of Information. Traveling to Ghana has been strongly discouraged until further notice and non-admittance of travellers from countries where at least 200 cases of COVID-19 were recorded was declared; this restriction does not apply to Ghanaian citizens and people with resident permits. A web page was also created to provide official updates and information.
On 15 March 2020 at 10pm, president Nana Akufo-Addo, banned all public gatherings including conferences, workshops, funerals, festivals, political rallies, church activities and other related events to reduce the spread of COVID-19 at a press briefing on the state of COVID-19. Basic schools, senior high schools and universities, both public and private, have also been closed. Only BECE and WASSCE candidates are permitted to remain in school under social distancing protocols.
On 17 March 2020, a seventh confirmed case was recorded in the Greater Accra Region.
On 18 March 2020, two new cases were confirmed by NMIMR both Ghanaians returning from the United Kingdom and the United Arab Emirates. On the same day, three Ghanaians in Europe died from the disease.
On 19 March 2020, KCCR confirmed two new cases in Kumasi, Ashanti Region, bringing the number of confirmed cases in the country to 11. Passport services were also suspended by this date.
On 20 March 2020, five new cases were confirmed in the Greater Accra Region, raising total confirmed cases to sixteen.
On 21 March, three new cases confirmed on late on 20 March were communicated raising total confirmed cases to nineteen. At 9pm, Nana Akuffo Addo addressed the nation with Ghana’s first death case from Kumasi.Two new cases were later confirmed making total of twenty-one confirmed in Ghana
On 23 March 2020, the markets in the Greater Accra Region were disinfected through a spraying exercise. On that same day, all beaches were closed to help contain the spread of the pandemic. All of the county’s borders were closed for a fortnight from midnight of Sunday the 22nd of March 2020.
On the 24 March 2020 the Minister of Health announced twenty-five new confirmed cases and one new death case, making a total of fifty-two confirmed cases and two deaths.
On 25th March 2020, a third death was recorded at the 37 military hospital and an update from the Ghana Health Service brought the number of cases to 68 and around at 09 : 45 pm a fourth death was recorded and an update from 68 to 93.