Covid-19: Countries´ Updates

COVID-19 Update

Covid-19 Ghana: 510 Tested, 26 tested positive

GHANA, 24 March 2020

As of 24 March, a total of 1,030 are under mandatory quarantine; 844 have had their samples taken 510 have had the samples tested; and twenty-six confirmed positive for COVID-19.

Great majority of the confirmed cases are Ghanaians, who returned home from affected countries. Seven are of other nationals namely: Norway, Lebanon, China, France, UK. In respect of contact tracing, a total of 829 contacts have been identified and are being tracked. One of the contacts developed symptoms and has been confirmed positive.

Nineteen people have completed the mandatory 14 days follow up.

Source: Disease Surveillance Department, Ghana Health Service


Ghana Requests Rapid Credit Facility to Fight Coronavirus

USA, 24 March 2020 

IMF’s African Department director Abebe Aemro Selassie has made the following statement: “Last week, the IMF received Ghana’s request for a disbursement under the Rapid Credit Facility to help the country address the economic impact of the COVID-19 pandemic. We are working hard to evaluate the authorities’ request and bring it forward for Executive Board consideration as soon as possible.”

 Source: International Monetary Fund (IMF) 


COVID-19: No known local transmission in Namibia

 NAMIBIA, 24 March 2020 

The Ministry of Health and Social Services (MoHSS) is announcing a fifth and sixth case in Namibia of COVID-19. Like the first two cases, the latest case is also travel-related.

The 5th case is a 44-year-old Namibian male. Pilot. He went to Johannesburg on 07 February 2020 and returned on 13 February 2020. He had a visitor who is a fellow Pilot from South Africa before he got sick. Samples were taken and result came out positive. Arrangements have been made to put him in isolation.

There are still no known cases of local transmission in Namibia, and no COVID-19 dead.

As a reminder, all Namibians should adhere to regulations prescribed during the declaration of a National State of Emergency on 15 March 2020. People are encouraged to avoid crowds, wash hands with soap and running water. Avoid touching faces and stay away from other people when sick. The main symptoms of COVID-19 are fever, cough, and difficulty breathing.

Those concerned that they may have COVID-19 or with other questions can call the MoHSS hotline at 0800 100 100.


Coronavirus - Eswatini: Patial Lockdown Ordered

ESWATINI, 24 March 2020 

His Majesty King Mswati III and Ingwenyama has asked the Government to introduce a partial lockdown on selected sectors of the economy to curtail the spread of coronavirus with effect from 27 March 2020. His Majesty emphasises that the economy must continue to be strong and robust to ensure that the partial lockdown does not ground the Kingdom.

“The increasing number of confirmed cases in the country calls for all of us to be vigilant and responsible in all our actions in order to quickly turn the tide against this rampaging Virus,” he said. He ordered that the King's birthday Resource Mobilisation Committee should now organise fundraise for COVID-19.

Through the counsel of His Majesty, Government has established Emergency coordination structures that will implement the COVID-19 Emergency Plan. These committees include a Cabinet sub-committee, Emergency Task Force, Regional and Sector Committees. They have now hit the ground running, working on effective response measures to contain the spread of the Virus across our communities.

“May I pass my gratitude to the Deputy Prime Minister and all members of these committees for their devotion and dedication to this cause, I applaud all EmaSwati who continue to heed to health precautions to combat coronavirus and adhere to measures introduced by Government to curb the spread of this pandemic. My gratitude all goes to all the companies that have poured in resources to support the fight against COVID-19,” appreciated His Majesty.

Source: The Government of the Kingdom of Eswatini


Nigeria: 2 new cases confirmed

Nigeria, 24 March 2020 

Two new cases of COVID19 have been confirmed in Nigeria: 1 each in FCT and Bauchi. The cases have travel history to Germany and the UK. As at 6:25 pm on 24 March, there are 44 confirmed cases of COVID19 in Nigeria. 2 have been discharged with 1 death.

Source: Nigeria Centre for Disease Control (NCDC)