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Ghanaians observe nationwide fasting and prayers as coronavirus cases hit 53

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Wednesday, March 25, 2020 is to be observed by Ghanaians as national day of Fasting and Prayer.

President Akufo-Addo who said this in his last broadcast to the nation on new measures to fight the coronavirus entreated every citizen to unite to seek divine intervention to curb the spread of the virus.

Speaking on GBC’s current affairs programme, ‘Behind the News’, Deputy Minister of Information, Pius Hadzide said the public should observe the day individually and seek the face of God in these trying times.

Meanwhile, one more person has tested positive for coronavirus in Ghana.

“As of 24 March 2020, a total of fifty-three (53) cases including two (2) deaths have been confirmed. All the fifty-one (51) confirmed cases are receiving treatment in isolation. Total of 1,030 are under mandatory quarantine; 844 have had their samples taken; 510 have had the samples tested; and out these twenty-six (26) tested positive for COVID-19,” the Ghana Health Service confirmed on a portal to update Ghanaians on COVID-19 in Ghana.

“The sudden spike in case incidence is as a result of the mandatory quarantine and compulsory testing for all travellers entering Ghana, as directed by the president.”

“Great majority of the confirmed cases are Ghanaians, who returned home from affected countries. Seven (7) are of other nationals namely; Norway, Lebanon, China, France, UK. In respect of contact tracing, a total of 829 contacts have been identified and are being tracked. One (1) of the contacts developed symptoms and has been confirmed positive.”

“Nineteen (19) people have completed the 14 days of mandatory follow up,” it added.

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