It was a landmark, but one reached quietly, amid a crisis tearing through millions of homes and communities from Lagos to New York to London to Bihar. The President of the Republic, Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo, turned 76 on Sunday, 29 March, yet there was no fanfare as he and his government worked frantically to prepare Ghana for a partial lockdown.

The government has announced that the cedi equivalent of the sum of US$100 million, earmarked by President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo for the fight against the novel coronavirus, is ready for disbursement.

The Member of Parliament for Adansi-Asokwa in the Ashanti Region, Kwabena Tahiru Hammond, has asked his colleagues on the Minority side of Parliament to react productively to the outbreak of the novel coronavirus disease by supporting the COVID-19 Trust Fund, instead of “making noise”.

President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo says although locking down the country is one of the ways to contain the coronavirus, the circumstances and conditions of ordinary Ghanaians must be taken into account.

President Akufo-Addo yesterday urged Ghanaians to seek the face of God, following the arrival of the coronavirus disease and the spread of the pandemic in the country, saying what is happening at the moment is not ordinary.

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