Ghana News Agency (GNA)
Ghana News Agency (GNA)

The Management of the Ghana News Agency as part of measures to safeguard the Agency against the spread of the Coronavirus (COVID-19) has indefinitely closed down its library to the public.

The Agency’s library has over the years served as a research centre for students, researchers, and the public as it stored archival documents of national interest, historical press statements, and newspapers among others over the past 63 years.

Management in a statement posted at strategic points at the premises said, “In a bid to put in measures to safeguard the Agency against the COVID-19 pandemic, the public would not be allowed to access the Library from Monday, March 23, 2020 till further notice and regretted for any inconvenience caused”.

Ghana confirmed its first two cases of COVID-19 on Thursday, March 12 and as at Wednesday morning the figure hit 68.
According to the Ghana Health Service, “The sudden spike in case incidence is as a result of the mandatory quarantine and compulsory testing for all travelers entering Ghana, as directed by the President.

Overall, 30 of the 68 cases were reported in the general population with the remaining 38 cases among persons currently under mandatory quarantine.

As at 24th March, total of 1,030 persons were under mandatory quarantine; samples from 863 of them were tested and 38 confirmed positive.

Great majority of the confirmed cases are Ghanaians, who returned home from affected countries.
Seven are of other nationalities namely: Norway, Lebanon, China and UK.

In respect of contact tracing, a total of 829 contacts have been identified and are being tracked, according to Ghana Health Service.

Total of 826 contacts have been enlisted and being tracked. Nineteen people have completed the 14 days of mandatory follow up.

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The Ghana news Agency (GNA) was established on March 5, 1957, i.e. on the eve of Ghana's independence and charged with the "dissemination of truthful unbiased news". It was the first news agency to be established in Sub-Saharan Africa. GNA was part of a comprehensive communication policy that sought to harness the information arm of the state to build a viable, united and cohesive nation-state. GNA has therefore been operating in the unique role of mobilizing the citizens for nation building, economic and social development, national unity and integration.

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