Coronavirus: Ghana Closes Schools, Bans Gatherings

 Coronavirus: Ghana Closes Schools, Bans Gatherings

Ghana has closed all schools and universities and suspended public events on Monday, March 16, 2020, in a bid to stop the spread of coronavirus as a string of African nations imposed tighter restrictions to stem the spread of the global pandemic.

President Nana Akufo-Addo announced in an address to the West African Nation that the authorities were shutting schools and universities until further notice.

Akufo-Addo added that public gatherings, including conferences, religious services, sports matches and political rallies have also been suspended for four weeks.

On Sunday, March 16, 2020, Ghana announced it would start barring entry to the country from Tuesday, March 17 for any non-Ghanaian citizen or resident who, within the last 14 days, has been to a country that has recorded at least 200 cases.

The move came as the authorities reported a rise in the number of confirmed cases of COVID-19 from two to six, with the new cases all arrivals from abroad.

Numerous Nations in sub-Saharan Africa including Senegal, Kenya and South Africa, have begun imposing entry restrictions and closing schools as the continent scrambles to halt the spread of the virus.

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