Ghana extends ban on public gatherings till end of May


Ghana’s President, Nana Akufo-Addo, has announced an extension of a ban on public gatherings due to the ongoing coronavirus pandemic until the end of May, while schools and universities will remain closed.

The president made the announcement in a television broadcast on Sunday.

President Akufo-Addo also provided more details on the reported outbreak of the coronavirus at an industrial facility announced by health officials last Friday.

Akufo-Addo said a worker at a fish-processing factory in Ghana’s Atlantic seafront city of Tema, infected 533 other workers at the facility with COVID-19.  He, however, did not say how the disease spread in the facility.

The president explained that the 533 positive cases, which represents around 11.3% of Ghana’s total infections, were part of a backlog of about 921 cases going back as far as April 26 that are only recently being reported.

The new cases pushed Ghana’s total to 4,700 with 22 deaths and 494 recoveries.

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