President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo has announced two weeks extension of the ban on public gatherings as part of efforts to contain the coronavirus.
Presenting his eighth address to Ghanaians since the outbreak of the virus in the country, the President said the decision to extend the ban is supported by data and science.
President Akufo-Addo revealed he had met leaders of various groups at the Jubilee House and there is a general consensus that the “existing measures must be maintained for now.”
The President has closed schools and banned all forms of public gatherings, including church related activities, weddings and conferences in an attempt to stop the rapid spread of the coronavirus.
The ban had been in place for four weeks and with the country’s cases infection rising to 1,550 with 11 deaths, the President has announced an extension.
The extension of the ban on public gatherings starts effective Monday, April 27, 2020, President Akufo-Addo said.
The President has appealed to Ghanaians to wear face masks wherever they go and adhere to protocols on social distancing, washing of hands and refrain against hand shaking.
“Together all these protocols will prove effective in helping each one of us from getting the virus,” President Akufo-Addo said.