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[Coronavirus] Brace for difficulties ahead – Akufo-Addo

President of the Republic, Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo, has warned Ghanaians to brace themselves for difficulties ahead even as the government puts in all efforts to break the spread of the Coronavirus.

The government, he said, is determined to take all the necessary steps to safeguard the Ghanaian society, economy and the future.

“I remain confident that together and by the Grace of God we shall overcome this,” he said.

President Akufo-Addo gave the warning on Saturday in a televised address to the nation to update Ghanaians on new measures being implemented by the Government.

National day of fasting and prayers

The President declared Wednesday 25th March 2020 a national day of fasting and prayers.

He appealed to Ghanaians, both Christians and Muslims to pray to God Almighty to protect the nation and save her citizens from the Coronavirus pandemic.

The President noted that as the state pursues measures to contain the spread of the virus, there is a need for all to seek the face of God for his abundant mercies and protection.

“Let us pray to God to protect our nation and save us from this pandemic.”

“I thank the men and women of God who prayed with me on Thursday and the Vice President on Friday for their intervention,” he stated.

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Additional measures

He applauded the public for its observation of the proscribed social distancing and enhanced hygiene protocols.

He, however, stressed it has become necessary to take additional measures to stem the spread of the virus to protect lives.

President Akufo-Addo announced three new precautionary measures including the closure of Ghana’s borders to human traffic for two weeks.

“Anybody who comes into the country before midnight on Sunday will be mandatorily quarantined and tested for the virus. This closure will not apply to good, supplies and cargo,” he stated.

The Ministry of Health, he said, will step up its contact tracing efforts and also ensure all persons identified as having come into contact with infected persons are tested for the virus.

“More personal protection equipment is being procured to beef up supplies for our frontline health workers.”

“50,000 additional test kits have also been ordered and are expected into the country very shortly,” he added.

According to President Akufo-Addo, the Ministry is mobilizing new and retired healthcare professionals to augment the state’s preparedness to deal with a possible surge in infections.

Self-discipline

He noted that cases of localized infections require maintenance of strict self-discipline and observing the proscribed social distancing and enhanced protocols in all aspects of daily lives.

“I’m pleading with each and every one of you to comply with these measures because our survival is in our own hands.”

“I pledge to be transparent and share the realities of the situation with the public.”

He assured that new precautions being introduced by the government are intended to achieve key objectives including limiting and stopping the importation of the virus.

“To contain its spread; provide adequate care for the sick; limit the impact of the virus on social and economic lives, and inspire the expansion of our domestic capability and deepen our self-reliance,” he stated.

By Osumanu Al-Hassan/FrontPageGhana.com/Ghana

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