Ghana’s President, Nana Akuffo- Addo has with immediate effect banned all funerals, weddings, parties and other outdoor events. This follows repeated calls by the Ghana Medical Association and other pressure groups for the government to as a matter of urgency restrict all social gatherings in the wake of growing cases of the deadly coronavirus. In a live broadcast to the nation on Sunday, January 31, the President directed an immediate ban on all social gatherings until further notice.

The President however directed that private burials with not more than 25 persons can take place with the enforcement of social distancing, hygiene, and mask-wearing protocols. All public and private  workplaces have also been  directed to employ a shift system in addition to the use of virtual platforms

Information Minister-designate,Kojo Oppong Nkrumah had warned that the government may be compelled to institute another lockdown if things do not improve. According to him if the upward trend of the coronavirus infection in Ghana persists, the president will have no option but to lock down the country.

Ghana has recorded over 4000 active cases of the coronavirus, according to the Ghana Health Service (GHS). The death toll is now 367, the GHS added.  So far, the country has recorded a total of 60,794 cases with 57,141 recoveries and discharges.