COVID-19: Ghanaian authorities shut down Finance Ministry

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Employees of the Ministry of Finance in Ghana have been asked to work from home as the ministry waits for results of tests taken by all staff.

While the Finance Ministry is taking a precautionary measure, other outfits like the Ghana Cocoa Board’s Accra office was closed after infections as was the case with Tema office of the Ghana Grid Company, GridCo; and the Bulk Oil Storage and Transportation Company Limited, BOST.

An internal memo to all staff said staff who test positive for the virus will be informed “and will receive the necessary care from appropriate health authorities designated by the Minister of Health.”

“In view of the preparations towards the mid-year review of the budget, a core team of staff will work from approved location to complete the Mid-Year Review,” the memo also noted.

Meanwhile, a one-time Finance Minister and current “Senior Minister” at the office of the president Yaw Osafo-Maafo became the latest top government official to test positive for the virus, government confirmed his infection on Tuesday.

Recoveries are heading to the 15,000 mark whiles deaths are at 122 according to records released on Sunday, July 5.

Meanwhile, concerns continue to be raised over ongoing voter registration exercise which many fear could lead to spike in cases across the country.

Most people visiting these centers have openly flouted mask wearing orders and physical distancing rules.

The Electoral Commission insists it has done well in managing coronavirus safety protocols at registration centers amid ongoing voter registration exercise across the country.

The EC got the apex court’s go-ahead to conduct a new registration exercise after a case brought by the main opposition NDC was dismissed.

Concerns continue to be raised over the conduct of people who went to centers to register.

“Arrests over lack of wearing of masks also dominated” as people bemoaned the police for highhandedness in the implementation of an Executive Instrument that made mask wearing in public an obligation.

The Greater Accra regional police disclosed that it undertook an operation in which some people were arrest in the central business district of the capital for being without masks.

The arrests came a day after the government said it was engaging the police on some areas of mask wearing.

Schools are to open in mid-June, religious places can reopen with strict conditions and the observance of health protocols. Social gatherings are to be allowed under certain conditions.

The address, the tenth by the president, also spelled out measures that government was putting in place to curb the spread of the virus. “Consensus from stakeholder consultation recommend a phased approach to easing anti Covid-19 restrictions,” he said.

  • With effect from Friday 5th June, Ghana will begin the implementation of gradual easing of restrictions
  • Final year university students to report to school on 15th June, 2020
  • Faith-based organisations to start communal worship, effective Friday, June 5, amid social distancing and hygiene protocols
  • All schools, both private and public remain closed. Only final year students access those facilities.
  • Each student, teacher and non-teaching staff will be provided with reusable face mask by the Ministry of Education prior to reopening for final year students
  • Weddings with not more than 100 guests can be organized
  • Public political activities, except for rallies, to resume with less than 100 people, amid observation of social distancing and hygiene protocols
  • 218, 425 Covid-19 tests conducted so far

Total confirmed cases = 8,070 (new cases = 189)
Total recoveries = 2,947
Total deaths = 36
Active cases = 5,087

Hauwa Mustapha

 

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