03 April 2020: 5th day of Ghana’s lockdown, Offenders could be imprisoned or fined GHS12,000 – GHS60,000, 5 hotspots identified in Kumasi
Global cases have passed 1 million with death passing 53,000
Officially, Italy remain highest in both infection and death with 110,574 cases and 13,155 deaths followed by Spain with 110,238 cases and 10,003 deaths
Ghana’s cases now at 204, 4 have no travel case and no contact with any traveler, 3 recovered, 28 recovering, 49 being managed at home.
Lockdown offenders could face imprisonment or be fined GHS12,000 to GHS60,000. This has emerged following the public’s disapproval of how security agencies mete out instant justice to the offender. ACP Lydia Donkor, Director, Legal and Prosecution of the Ghana Police Service, has advised the public to adhere to the president’s directive to avoid the legal sanctions.
The police may follow individuals to their claimed destinations if they are not convinced
The Keta Municipal Assembly has quarantined six persons including a cook of a Korean Fishing Vessel and five local fishermen over a COVID-19 scare. Following a misunderstanding between the cook and the crew, they threw him overboard in the sea. The cook was rescued by the five local fishermen who have also been quarantined.
US$35 million approved by parliament to fight COVID 19, with US$700,000 earmarked for vulnerable groups.
Residents of Baastonaa in Accra have rejected the gesture by Rev. Titi Ofei to offer his 100-bed facility to be used as an isolation center. Hon Carlos Ahenkora, the MP of the local area has however explained that the facility would be used to house health personnel and not suspected cases
Five communities in Kumasi have been identified as a COVID-19 hotspot
Global markets jump slightly on the back of 10.63% jump in global oil prices on the back of Trump’s announcement that Saudi Arabia and Russia could cut production
The global cost of the pandemic could be as high as $4.1 trillion, the Asian Development Bank said.
Companies globally are being forced to lay off workers. Walt Disney has placed workers on unpaid furlough from 19 April
Fuel prices further go down, GOIL now sells at 4.34ghs per liter
This is Aviation’s darkest hour ever. The director general of the International Air Transport Association (IATA) says described the coronavirus crisis is the biggest the industry has ever faced as the group published figures showing a 14% drop in air traffic demand in February, the steepest decline since the 9/11 terrorist attacks. It could worsen in coming months
Former Somalia Prime Minister, Nur Hassan Hussein, dies in London from coronavirus aged 83. Former president of the Republic of the Congo, Jacques Joachim Yhombi-Opango reportedly died of coronavirus infection
More of Covid-19 business updates to follow in the day