COVID-19: Ghana’s Health Minister Tests positive, as Botswana reinstates strict lockdown

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According to Accra-based Citi FM, Health Minister Agyeman Manu has been receiving treatment at the University of Ghana Medical Centre in Accra over the past week.
The minister was admitted to the hospital on June 9, 2020 and is “in a stable condition”.
The Health Minister is the first Ghanaian high profile government official whose COVID-19 status will be known to the public.

Meanwhile, Botswana brought back a strict coronavirus lockdown in its capital city, Gaborone, and surrounding areas after it recorded 12 new cases of the virus, a senior health official said late on Friday.
Botswana ended a 48-day national coronavirus lockdown late last month, allowing businesses and schools to reopen under controls, but its borders are still closed apart from for returning citizens and imports of essential goods.
But Malaki Tshipayagae, the country’s director of health services, said in a televised announcement that officials had recorded four new imported cases at its borders and eight at a private hospital in Gaborone, bringing cumulative cases to 60. –the Reuters reported.

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“We are still to determine whether the hospital cases are local transmissions,” Tshipayagae said. “From midnight today the greater Gaborone area will revert to extreme social distancing until further notice, where only essential services will be allowed to operate.”
the economy has been severely hurt, with real gross domestic product seen contracting 13% this year while the budget deficit could more than double.

The World Health Organization said the rate of infection of the novel coronavirus is accelerating across Africa.
The WHO warned Thursday it took 98 days to reach 100,000 cases on the continent and just 19 days to reach 200,000 cases. The WHO said South Africa is the hardest-hit country, accounting for 25 percent of the continent’s total cases.
So far, South Africa has confirmed more than 58,000 COVID-19 cases and more than 1,200 deaths.

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