All appointments to the country’s seat of Government, Jubilee House, which are not urgent have been postponed until further notice.
According to the Office of the President, it has become necessary to restrict visitors and regulate visits to the Jubilee House owing to the need to protect officials and staff of the Presidency and also the general public from the scourge of the COVID-19 pandemic, hence the decision.
In a memo dated March 23, 2020, the Office of the President also declared that no Minister will be allowed entry to the Jubilee House for appointments unless they complete a COVID-19 screening questionnaire at the outer reception.
The directive also applies to all other appointees of the President who may have urgent appointments at the Jubilee House.
The memo signed by the Chief of Staff, Madam Akosua Frema Osei-Opare and sighted by ABC News further indicated that all visitors may be required to answer specific questions by phone related to Coronavirus before appointments are confirmed.
In line with the social distancing policy and precautionary measures, the Presidency has additionally decided that only a maximum of two visitors will be in a queue at an office at a time.
The memo further stated that the office will scale down face-to-face meetings to reduce the number of visitors to the Jubilee House. “You may consider replacing face-to-face meetings with virtual meetings where possible.”
Meanwhile, the Ghana Health Service has confirmed a total of 132 Coronavirus cases (COVID-19) as of yesterday Thursday morning.
In an update provided by the GHS, out of the 132, 54 cases including three deaths have been confirmed from the regular surveillance systems.
The remaining 78 confirmed cases are among travellers under mandatory quarantine.
The GHS explained that all three cases that “unfortunately succumbed to the disease were aged and had underlying chronic medical situations.”
“All other 51 cases are well; 14 are being managed at home and the rest are responding well to treatment on admission in isolation. They are awaiting their test results and will be discharged when the results are negative,” the GHS added.
The GHS reiterated that the great majority of the confirmed cases are Ghanaians who returned home from affected countries.
Seven are of other nationals namely; Norway, Lebanon, China, Netherlands and the United Kingdom (UK).
It said the number of confirmed cases among travellers under mandatory quarantine who have been tested is 78.
“In respect of contact tracing, a total of 970 contacts have been identified and are being tracked. Out of these, 204 have completed the 14 days mandatory follow up.
Source: ABC Newspaper