National day of fasting and prayer begins today
President Nana Akufo-Addo is joining Ghanaians to fast and pray in an effort to seek God’s intervention as the country and the world battles the outbreak of COVID-19 pandemic which has infected hundreds of thousands of lives across the globe.
The president, Nana Akufo-Addo declared the national exercise during his third national address over the weekend to update citizens on measures taken to tackle the outbreak of the disease in the country.
In that address on Saturday, March 21, 2020, the President pleaded with Ghanaians to pray whilst adhering to the measures outlined to curtail the spread of the coronavirus.
“Whilst we continue to adhere to these measures and ramp up our efforts to defeat this virus, I urge all of us also to seek the face of the Almighty. So, on Wednesday, 25th March 2020, I appeal to all Ghanaians – Christians and Muslims to observe a national day of fasting and prayer. Let us pray to God to protect our nation and save us from this pandemic,” he said.
The Ministry of Chieftaincy and Religious Affairs which is spearheading the exercise has already issued a guide for both Christians and prayer points.
Also, a guideline has been made available for Muslims across the country to follow.
In the notice, it said, “fasting is a call for national prayer and repentance. If a nation is in trouble, a prayerful and repentant response by Christians and other God-fearing people is always appropriate.”
Recorded cases so far
So far, Ghana as at Tuesday, March 24, 2020, had a total of 53 confirmed cases with 2 deaths, Health Minister, Kwaku Agyemang Manu disclosed.
As of Monday night March 23, 2020, a total of 27 cases had been recorded with two deaths. The additional 25 cases are from those who were in quarantine and have tested positive. The Minister made this known at a press briefing in Accra on Monday, March 23, 2020.
Later on, the same day, one more was confirmed moving active cases to 53.
How many people are in quarantine?
According to an official from the National Security Secretariat, about some 1030 people are currently in mandatory quarantine in the country, and further explaining, that psychologists have been deployed to engage them.
Also, the Information Minister, Kojo Oppong Nkrumah has urged persons in mandatory quarantine to comply with directives given by health and government officials to prevent further spread.