There was chaos and pandemonium at the Kwame Nkrumah Circle on Wednesday, April 8 when an NGO stormed the VIP lorry station to provide free food for some homeless and vulnerable persons there.
Managers of the NGO, like many organizations, were trying to compliment the government’s effort of providing daily meals to the less privilege in society but their actions could inadvertently plunge the country into danger as beneficiaries of the food defied the social distancing directive in the attempt to get served their portion of the food.
Overwhelmed by the sheer number of people who had queued up to be fed, the donors tried to bring some orderliness but to no avail.
There was an absolute disregard for the social distancing initiative, with the Police personnel present trying unsuccessfully to contain the rather wild crowd.
The cramp-up nature of the exercise poses a grave danger, knowing that the coronavirus disease is primarily transmitted from close contact with an infected person.
Ghana’s Coronavirus cases hit 313
Ghana has recorded 26 new coronavirus cases bringing the total number of confirmed cases to 313.
This was made known on the website of the Ghana Health Service.
The regional distribution of the cases, according to GHS are: “Greater Accra Region has most cases (274) followed by the Ashanti Region (25), Northern Region (10), Upper West Region (1), Eastern Region (1), Upper East Region (1) and Central Region (1).”
It adds that: “A total of 161 cases were reported from the routine surveillance, 37 from enhanced surveillance activities and those from travellers under mandatory quarantine in both Accra and Tamale are 115.
“The period for mandatory quarantine for travellers who arrived 21-22 March 2020 has ended. In all, a total 1,030 travellers were quarantined during the period. Out of these, 79 (7.7%) were positive during the initial testing whilst 951 were negative. Twenty-six (26) among those that were initially negative were found to have converted to be positive at the exit screening, bringing to a total of 105 which constitutes 10.2% among the travellers that were quarantined.
“With regards to enhanced contact tracing and testing, as at 7th April 2020, a total of 11,016 samples from contacts have been processed and 37 (0.34%) have been confirmed positive for COVID-19.”