Coronavirus: Ghana records 271 new cases in one day barely one week of lifting lockdown

Ghana has recorded 271 new cases of COVID-19 within 24 hours, a week after lifting the lockdown in Accra, the country’s capital city, and Kumasi.

This is the highest single day toll the country has recorded in the coronavirus outbreak.

The cases which were confirmed on Sunday brings the total number of infections in the country to 1,550.

The Ghana Health Service (GHS) has said that while a total number of 11 people have died from the disease, 155 have recovered.

The service said 62 percent of infected persons are male while 38 percent are female. It said 84 percent of the cases have no travel history.

Last week, Ghana President Nana Akufo-Addo  after lifting a 3 week lockdown on the basis of “improved coronavirus testing.”

The Ghanaian president had said nonessential businesses in Accra and Kumasi could reopen but under guidelines of social distancing.

He said Ghanaians should make use of face masks in public places.

“In view of our ability to undertake aggressive contact of infected persons, the enhancement of our capacity to test, the expansion in the numbers of our treatment and isolation centres, our better understanding of the dynamism of the virus, the ramping up our domestic capacity to produce our own personal protective equipment, sanitisers and medicines, the modest successes chalked at containing the spread of the virus in Accra and Kumasi, and the severe impact of the poor and vulnerable, I have taken the decision to life the three-week-old restriction on movements in the Greater Accra Metropolitan Area and Kasoa, and the Greater Kumasi Metropolitan Area and the contiguous districts, with effect from 1am on Monday, 20th April,” he had said.

At the time the president lifted the lockdown, Ghana had 1,042 cases of the disease.

The country is the first to lift the restriction on movement in the West African region.

Kim ‘alive and well’ —Seoul

North Korean leader Kim Jong Un is “alive and well”, a top security adviser to the South’s President Moon Jae-in said, downplaying rumours over Kim’s health following his absence from a key anniversary.

“Our government position is firm,” said Moon’s special adviser on national security Moon Chung-in, in an interview with CNN on Sunday. “Kim Jong Un is alive and well.”

The adviser said that Kim had been staying in Wonsan — a resort town in the country’s east — since April 13, adding: “No suspicious movements have so far been detected.”

Conjecture about Kim’s health has grown since his conspicuous absence from the April 15 celebrations for the birthday of his grandfather Kim Il Sung, the North’s founder — the most important day in the country’s political calendar.

Kim has not made a public appearance since presiding over a Workers’ Party politburo meeting on April 11, and the following day state media reported him inspecting fighter jets at an air defence unit.

His absence unleashed a series of unconfirmed media reports over his condition, which officials in Seoul previously poured cold water on.

“We have nothing to confirm and no special movement has been detected inside North Korea as of now,” the South’s presidential office said in a statement last week.

South Korea’s unification minister Kim Yeon-chul reiterated Monday that remained the case, adding the “confident” conclusion was drawn from “a complex process of intelligence gathering and assessment”.

– ‘Grave danger’ –

Daily NK, an online media outlet run mostly by North Korean defectors, has reported Kim was undergoing treatment after a cardiovascular procedure earlier this month.

Citing an unidentified source inside the country, it said Kim, who is in his mid-30s, had needed urgent treatment due to heavy smoking, obesity and fatigue.

Soon afterwards, CNN reported that Washington was “monitoring intelligence” that Kim was in “grave danger” after undergoing surgery, quoting what it said was an anonymous US official.

US President Donald Trump on Thursday rejected reports that Kim was ailing but declined to state when he was last in touch with him.

(AFP)

Buhari to decide when lockdown will be lifted – Minister of health

The Minister of Health, Dr Osagie Ehanire, has said President Mohammadu Buhari would determine when to lift the lockdown occasioned by the novel Coronavirus pandemic in the country.

Ehanire said this on Sunday Politics programme on Channels Television in Abuja.

The News Agency of Nigeria reports that on April 13, Buhari announced a 14-day extension of lockdown in Lagos, Abuja and Ogun states to combat the pandemic.

The initial 14-day lockdown in the three states began on March 30. 

“The President in his wisdom will decide if the lockdown will be lifted,” he said.

The minister said that the decision to extend COVID-19 lockdown was tailored according to the needs of every country.

“We do think that the restriction of movement limits significantly the spread of the virus.

“The models we have seen show that we have not got to the peak yet,” he said.

Ehanire advised Nigerians that if their symptoms were not meeting the case definition of the Nigeria Center for Disease Control, officials might turn them back.

He said that the government had been studying the case in Kano State with their authorities, adding that the ministry would be sending high ranking fact-finding missions there.

Ehanire said that the fact-finding mission would meet with the governor to be able to diagnose the situation, adding it was not really clear if they were COVID-19 related.

“Kano does not have experience with COVID-19 and the rate it has exploded should be of concern to all.

”It is possible to be able to contain it, if the right processes are followed and the right resources are brought in.

“The testing centre should be back on stream tomorrow because a team has gone there now from NCDC and have arrived there today. They should be able to resume screening tomorrow (Monday).

“In addition, we are going to have a second laboratory, we shall have a PCR laboratory, so we should be able to take care of the backlogs and be ready to take care of any other samples that will be brought in, from the seven or eight local government areas that are affected,” he said.

National Assemply: Reps resume plenary on 28th April, 2020

The House of Representatives says it will resume plenary on Tuesday as Nigeria’s cases of coronavirus spread to over 30 states.

Clerk to the House, Patrick Giwa, made this known on Sunday night in a memo made public via Twitter.

The House adjourned plenary on March 24, a week before the Federal Government ordered lockdown in the Federal Capital Territory Abuja as well as Lagos and Ogun States as part of measures to curb the spread of the pandemic.

Giwa stated that the aides of the members, as well as other staff of the House, were to work from home for the time being.

He stated, “This is to inform all members of the House of Representatives that the House will now resume plenary session on Tuesday, April 28, 2020, at 10 am. Members are advised to take note of the new resumption date.

“The COVID-19 Guidelines approved by the Federal Government and the Nigeria Centre for Disease Control and addition Guidelines developed by the House will be sent to Members’ pigeon holes for collection on resumption.

“Staff and Members’ aides are to work from home and will be notified when needed for any special assignment.”

There is absolutely nothing wrong with stealing a good man from a careless and ungrateful woman – Lady says

It is said, that you’ll never appreciate what you have until you lose it. Indeed a perfect example of this adage is witnessed in relationships where a perfectly fine partner is taken for granted and left to feel unloved just because one feels they have pinned the other down.

This, some have pointed contributes to the numerous heartbreaks and divorces and the current trend of multiple cheating in relationships.

One netizen, Carol Zuena, in reacting to this has pointed out that while people like to bash ladies who snatch others boyfriends, it is absolutely okay to snatch a man from an ungrateful and careless woman.

Effectively, she claims that if a lady refuses to acknowledge the value of the man she is with by deed whatsoever, it will not be out of place for another lady to snatch him away.