Ghana’s Daily Photo reported on February 1 that the number of new cases of COVID-19 in Ghana surged in January, with an average of more than 700 new cases per day.
The severity rate and death toll have also increased significantly, and the pandemic rebounded in 16 provinces across the country.
The Ghanaian government had to reopen some isolation facilities and announced the tightening of pandemic prevention measures and re-restricting social activities.
- 1. Continue to close the land and sea borders; continue to close recreational and leisure places such as beaches, nightclubs, cinemas, bars, etc.
- 2. Except for funerals with fewer than 25 participants, it is forbidden to hold gathering activities such as wedding funerals, concerts, drama performances and parties. Strictly abide by the pandemic prevention rules of social distancing, wearing masks and washing hands frequently.
- 3. All companies and institutions are required to implement shifts and encourage the use of virtual platforms for business and work communication.
- 4. All restaurant restaurants provide take-out service to avoid canteen meals as much as possible.
- 5. All stadiums can open up to 25% of their capacity, and spectators must abide by pandemic prevention rules.
- 6. Access to religious sites must comply with pandemic prevention rules, including activities for no more than 2 hours, social distance of 1 meter, wearing masks and washing hands frequently.
- 7. The government will strengthen public pandemic prevention education, strengthen law enforcement to ensure that people abide by pandemic prevention rules, and encourage people to stay at home as much as possible if they do not have the necessary reasons.
- 8. The cost of mandatory coronavirus testing at the capital Kotoka International Airport has been reduced to $50 per person for citizens entering Ghana, and the cost of testing for citizens of other countries has been maintained at $150 per person. If a Ghanaian citizen tests positive for entry, the government will bear the cost of isolation and treatment.
So far, Ghana has a total of 67,010 confirmed cases of COVID-19, 416 deaths, 61,236 rehabilitation cases and 5,358 existing cases.