Coronavirus: Ghana Medical Association calls for nationwide lockdown

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Ghana Medical Association (GMA) has called on government to declare a nationwide lockdown as Ghana’s coronavirus cases hit.

This comes after Ghana confirmed a total of sixty-eight (68) cases including two (3) deaths have been confirmed.

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

Overall, 30 of the 68 cases have been reported in the general population with the remaining 38 cases among persons currently under mandatory quarantine.

As of 24 March, total of 1,030 persons are under mandatory quarantine; samples from 863 of them have been tested and 38 confirmed positive.

Great majority of the confirmed cases are Ghanaians, who returned home from affected countries. Seven (7) are of other nationalities namely: Norway, Lebanon, China and UK.

In respect of contact tracing, a total of 829 contacts have been identified and are being tracked.

GMA in a statement noted that it has observed with grave concern the increasing trend of confirmed cases of covid-19 cases in Ghana.

According to the statement, the GMA is fully conscious of the threats posed by this pandemic, the disturbing trend of community spread and the obvious inadequate capacity of the Nation’s health system.

“…We call on his excellency the President of the republic of Ghana to declare a nationwide lockdown with the exception of essential services with immediate effect. The lockdown though not a comfortable decision for leadership and citizens alike is a proven option backed by science and along with other measures will ultimately be in our best interest”, the statement said.

GMA has called on all Ghanaians to support the move for a lockdown to save the nation from the devastating effects of this pandemic.


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