The war against coronavirus rages on as the world braces up for the worst. Now is not the time for political rivalry, it’s all about the survival of the human race. Countries are closing borders to foreigners, stock markets are plummeting, sporting activities are on standstill, cities are on lockdown, and experts fear by the end of May, some Airlines will go bankrupt. Currently, we are in Ghana, and the situation is calm. Though the country has been hit with series of power cuts and water shortages, the people are taking precautions to stay safe. At the moment, hand sanitizers are the new gold, and due to its huge demand across the country, prices keep soaring. Locals who cannot afford to buy one are seeking solace in locally manufactured alcoholic drink popularly known as “Akpeteshie” or “Apio” which has been condemned by the health ministry.
Besides imposing a travel ban, the president of Ghana, Nana Addo Dankwa Akuffo-Addo, has banned public activities that involve large crowds and closed down schools & tertiary institutions to help curb the situation. Ghana recorded its first case when the Norwegian Ambassador to the country and an individual from Turkey, tested positive last week. Opposition leader, John Mahama of the NDC, has called on members of his party to put aside partisan politics and assist the ruling government in their fight against the COVID-19 pandemic. We urge everyone to keep their cool, follow the prescribed instructions by the World Health Organization and Ministry of Health, as we hope and pray this contagion comes to end in the shortest possible time.