The President of the Republic, Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo, on Sunday, 15th March, 2020, announced the suspension of all public gatherings, including religious activities in the wake of the 6 reported cases of the deadly coronavirus epidemic.
According to him, all public gatherings, including conferences, workshops, funerals, festivals, political rallies, sporting events and religious activities such as services in churches and mosques, have been suspended for the next four weeks.
Addressing the nation at 10 o’clock on Sunday night, the President also emphasized that schools of all forms and shapes should be closed down on Monday as a precautionary measure to keep the COVID-19 ailment away from students and pupils.
He indicated that all Universities, Senior High Schools, and basic schools, i.e, public and private schools, will be closed Monday, 16th March, 2020, till further notice.
The China originated virus has hit the world economically, socially and culturally. Economic activities have been badly hit by the virus. The oil sector is no exception as prices of crude oil have come down drastically.
Airlines are bleeding profusely from the bans imposed on traveling by the various countries affected by the deadly virus.
Ghana has since reported six cases of the virus and the Government, through the advice of experts in the field, has announced bans on gatherings and closed down schools till the virus is contained. This, the President said, is to help control the spread of the virus.
Looking at the repercussions of the COVID-19 pandemic, the directives by the President to have all forms of social gatherings, including church and mosque services, and the closure of schools in all their forms and shapes, could not have come at a better time.