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24 May 2020 | 12:43 PM UTC

Ghana: Over 6600 cases of COVID-19 confirmed as of May 24 /update 10

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Ghanaian health authorities announce over 6600 COVID-19 cases nationwide as of May 24; further spread of the virus expected in the near term

TIMEFRAME expected from 5/24/2020, 12:00 AM until 5/31/2020, 11:59 PM (Africa/Accra). COUNTRY/REGION Ghana

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Ghanaian health authorities announced on Sunday, May 24, that 6683 cases of the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) have been confirmed in the country with 31 associated deaths.

On Friday, May 1, President Addo Dankw Akufo-Addo announced the extension of the closure of the country's international borders through Sunday, May 31, due to ongoing coronavirus disease (COVID-19) pandemic. The measure also affects international commercial flights, which will not operate over this period. The government stated that the extension was necessary in order to prevent the import of further cases of COVID-19. Citizens returning from abroad and foreign nationals with Ghanaian residence permits will be subject to a 14-day mandatory quarantine period if they show symptoms of the virus.

All vehicles undertaking intra city travel must also reduce their number of passengers to observe social-distancing measures. Schools and universities remain closed while gatherings of more than 25 people are prohibited. Additionally, it is mandatory for all individuals to wear face masks in public in the Greater Accra Region and in Cape Coast Metropolis.

Further spread of the virus is expected in the near term. 


The first case of COVID-19 was reported on December 31 and the source of the outbreak has been linked to a wet market in Wuhan (Hubei province, China). Human-to-human and patient-to-medical staff transmission of the virus have been confirmed. Many of the associated fatalities have been due to pneumonia caused by the virus.

Cases of the virus have been confirmed in numerous countries and territories worldwide. Virus-screening and quarantining measures are being implemented at airports worldwide, as well as extensive travel restrictions. On March 11, the World Health Organization (WHO) declared the global outbreak a pandemic.

Pneumonia symptoms include dry cough, chest pain, fever, and trouble breathing. Pneumonia can be contagious and can be transmitted from human to human. The influenza virus, or the flu, is a common cause of viral pneumonia.


Measures adopted by local authorities evolve quickly and are usually effective immediately. Depending on the evolution of the outbreak in other countries, authorities are likely to modify, at very short notice, the list of countries whose travelers are subject to border control measures or entry restrictions upon their arrival to the territory in question. It is advised to postpone nonessential travel due to the risk that travelers may be refused entry or be subject to quarantine upon their arrival or during their stay.

To reduce the risk of transmission, travelers are advised to abide by the following measures:

  • Frequently clean hands by applying an alcohol-based hand rub or washing with soap and water.
  • When coughing and sneezing, cover mouth and nose with a flexed elbow or tissue; if used, throw the tissue away immediately and wash hands.
  • If experiencing a fever, cough, difficulty breathing, or any other symptoms suggestive of respiratory illness, including pneumonia, call emergency services before going to the doctor or hospital to prevent the potential spread of the disease.


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