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CORONAVIRUS OUTBREAK IS SIGN OF THE END TIME – Joe Mettle

Ghanaian gospel singer Joe Mettle has said that the coronavirus outbreak is a sign of the end times.

In an interview with Nana Romeo on Accra FM’s mid-morning show Ayekoo Ayekoo on Easter Friday, Joe Mettle urged Ghanaians to draw closer to God as, in his view, the pandemic portends the end of time.

He said the world has been living in the end times for a while now and, therefore, urged believers to live a godly life and worship God privately since all social gatherings, including church services, have been banned by the government as part of the measures to curb the spread of the virus.

The gospel singer also advised Christians against hurling insults at men of God for not being able to do anything about the virus which is wreaking havoc globally.

According to the Johns Hopkins University of Medicine, 1,622,167 cases have been confirmed globally with 97,264 deaths and 365,250 full recoveries.

The countries with the highest number of cases are US 467,184, Spain 157,022, Italy 143,626, Germany 119,401, France 118,790, China 82,940 and Iran 68,192.

In terms of deaths, the numbers are as follow: Italy 18,279, Spain 15,843, France 12,210, UK 7,978, New York City 5,150, Iran 4,232, Hubei, China 3,216, Belgium 3,019, Germany 2,607, The Netherlands 2,511.

In Ghana, President Nana Akufo-Addo has extended, by a week, the lockdown of Accra, Kumasi, Tema and Kasoa as part of measures to mitigate the spread of the disease.

PRESIDENT’S 3-MONTHS FREE WATER WILL ONLY BENEFIT RICH PEOPLE – John Dumelo

Ghanaian actor and politician, John Dumelo has stated the absorption of water bills by the government for three months will benefit the middle and upper class in the Ghanaian society.

In a post sighted by Zionfelix.net, the aspiring Member of Parliament for Ayawaso West Wuogon lamented those who fall within the lower income bracket won’t benefit from this initiative.

He said the lower class, which are the majority are not relying on Ghana Water Company as their source of water, but they buy from dealers using poly tanks at their neighbourhoods.

John Dumelo wrote on Twitter: “I feel this 3 months free water for all is good but will only benefit the middle and upper class. Those in the lower income bracket( they are the majority) still buy water in their neighbourhoods from those who sell them in Polytanks.”

Ghana’s President, Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo announced the decision made by his government following a partial lockdown in some parts of the country to control the spread of Coronavirus.

“Again, the Ghana Water Company Ltd and the Electricity Company of Ghana have been directed to ensure the stable supply of water and electricity during this period. In addition, there will be no disconnection of supply.

Furthermore, Government will absorb the water bills for all Ghanaians for the next three months, i.e. April, May and June. All water tankers, publicly and privately-owned, are also going to be mobilised to ensure the supply of water to all vulnerable communities,” President Akufo Addo stated in his address made on Sunday, April 5, 2020.

313 CONFIRMED CORONAVIRUS CASES, 6 DEAD IN GHANA

One more person has been confirmed dead in Ghana after contracting Coronavirus, the Ghana Health Service reports, with the case count also having shot up to 313.

However, with 11,016 samples from contacts processed, only 37 (0.34%) have been confirmed positive for COVID-19.

According to the GHS’ SITUATION UPDATE as at 07 APRIL 2020, “enhanced contact tracing and testing is ongoing in Ghana and has resulted in increased number of confirmed COVID-19 cases.”

The statement on the latest update indicates that “as at 7th April 2020, 23:30 hr, a total of 313 cases of COVID-19 with six (6) deaths have been recorded. The regional distribution of the cases are as follows: Greater Accra Region has most cases (274) followed by the Ashanti Region (25), Northern Region (10), Upper West Region (1), Eastern Region (1), Upper East Region (1) and Central Region (1).

A total of 161 cases were reported from the routine surveillance, 37 from enhanced surveillance activities and those from travellers under mandatory quarantine in both Accra and Tamale are 115.”

Mandatory Quarantine Results

The period for mandatory quarantine for travellers who arrived 21-22 March 2020 has ended. In all, a total 1,030 travellers were quarantined during the period. Out of these, 79 (7.7%) were positive during the initial testing whilst 951 were negative.

Twenty-six (26) among those that were initially negative were found to have converted to be positive at the exit screening, bringing to a total of 105 which constitutes 10.2% among the travellers that were quarantined.

Samples from Contacts

With regards to enhanced contact tracing and testing, as at 7th April 2020, a total of 11,016 samples from contacts have been processed and 37 (0.34%) have been confirmed positive for COVID-19.

I’M DISAPPOINTED SARKODIE IS INTERESTED IN BEEF WHEN PEOPLE ARE DYING – Shatta Wale

Dancehall artiste Shatta Wale says he is disappointed in Sarkodie for releasing a diss song at a time when a pandemic is killing thousands of people across the world.

Asked about his take on Sarkodie’s ‘Sub Zero’ track released last night in which the rapper seemed to have taken shots at some artists including himself (Shatta Wale), he said even though he is yet to listen to the track, he is surprised that Sarkodie will overlook the seriousness of the current situation to engage in beefing.

“Sarkodie is talking about beefs and the industry is happy?. I am disappointed though, at this time?,” He told MzGee on TV3 this morning.

Shatta Wale wondered why Sarkodie did not choose to contribute to the fight against coronavirus but has rather chosen to engage in beefing which will result in disunity in the music industry, especially at a time when there is the need for unity.

“I thought you were going to tell me he has donated to some needy people. But if Sarkodie has thrown a shot at me in this time of our life where people are dying, where people need help….. If it was me they will tell me I need attention at this time, if it was me people will say Charles don’t you think your brand is going down?. My brand has never gone down,” He said.

Sarkodie last night released ‘Sub Zero’ in which he addressed some artistes who have over the years called him out.

The song sparked various reactions on twitter which included some mentioning Shatta Wale as one of the victims.

“MARRIAGE IS FOR MATURED MINDS” – Actor Adjetey Anang

The general perception out there is that celebrity marriages don’t last and it has been fuelled by a number of high profile divorces. However, there are some celebrity couples whose marriages have stood the test of time and become a source of motivation for others and one such couple is actor Adjetey Anang and his wife Elorm.

The couple celebrated their 13th anniversary on Tuesday March 10 and in an interview with Graphic Showbiz recently, Adjetey Anang advised young people to be mentally ready for marriage before they go into it.

“Never commit yourself to something you can’t finish. There are people who marry due to influence and it must not be so.

“If you are not ready for it, don’t commit yourself to it because marriage is for mature minds. I believe it is a lifetime journey and has to be observed as such.

“Consistency, mutual respect and not being comfortable with each other are the basic things to consider in a relationship. Both parties should learn to get better as the years pass but if you are comfortable with each other, you wouldn’t want to embrace change.

“It is also very necessary to have mutual respect for each other in the relationship. If you have mutual respect for your partner, you hold him or her in high esteem and accept them for who they are, while allowing them to change over time. Couples who don’t respect each other’s views easily go their separate ways,” he stated.

Adjetey Anang also revealed that their 13-year marriage journey had not been easy due to his busy schedule but their commitment to each other had sustained them this far.

“I’m the busy type because of the nature of my job so it has not been easy but I thank God for how far He has brought us. My wife understands what I do and she also works so it’s quite understandable. We are committed to each other.

“In spite of my busy schedule, I always remember I have a family at home who also need my attention. What I do is my source of income so I can’t stop it either. I am just conscious about work and family so I strategise,” Adjetey Anang said.

The Graphic Showbiz asked The Perfect Picture: 10 Years Later actor his view on opinions shared by people that women are meant for the kitchen and the bedroom and he said it was not right to give women such tags.

“I think we have been culturally psyched to believe that but time has changed. There are women in different sectors doing amazing things. We have to support and appreciate women to rise above just the kitchen and bedroom,” he commented.

Adjetey Anang became a household name when he played Pusher in Things We Do For Love in the late 1990 and early 2000.

He has since featured in major movies such as The Perfect Picture, Sidechic Gang, Keteke, Devil In The Detail, Adams Apples among others.

Adjetey Anang won the Best Actor in a Drama Award at the Africa Magic Viewers Choice Awards (AMVCA) in 2018; Actor in a Leading Role at the Ghana Movie Awards (GMA) in 2014, Best Actor at the Golden Icons Academy Movie Awards (GIAMA) in 2013, Best Performance By An Actor in a Supporting Role at the Africa Movie Academy Awards (AMAA) in 2010 and many more.

Source: Graphic Showbiz

 

“HAPPY BIRTHDAY TO MY SWEET EX” – From Sister Derby To Medikal

Rapper Medikal celebrated his birthday yesterday April 5, 2020 and ex-girlfriend Deborah Vanessa decided wish him happy birthday on social media.
The 35-year-old shared a selfie photo of Medikal planting a deep kiss on her cheek with a message saying that “happy birthday to my sweet ex” and added a candy emoji to her caption.

This has generated several reactions especially when Medikal’s wife Fella Makafui posted a photo showing her engagement ring, immediately after Sister Derby’s post.

The pair’s breakup remains one of the most talked-about celebrities’ breakup following how the “Omo Ada” rapper quickly moved on with actress Fella Makafui, which sparked a rivalry between Sister Derby and Fella Makafui who got married to the rapper barely a week ago after a year of dating.

Source: NKONKONSA.com

NANA KWAME BEDIAKO OFFER HIS LUXURIOUS $50M No1. OXFORD STREETS HOTEL TO BE USED AS COVID-19 HOSPITAL

Ghanaian Real estate mogul Nana Kwame Bediako has joined the fight against the outbreak of novel Covid-19 that has triggered a global health scare and jolted the global economy.

Bediako has pledged one of his premier properties on Oxford Street to be converted into hospitals to treat patients amid the outbreak of Coronavirus.

The property will be used as a quarantine location, isolation centre or a temporary hospital.

The real estate developer Nana Kwame Bediako also known as ‘Freedom Jacob Caesar’ said, he is offering his 5-star luxury serviced apartment hotel to be used as a safe place for the medics should the need arise in the country’s battle against the spread of coronavirus.

“We are hoping that the disease does not affect more people in Ghana. But should the need arise, we are preparing to work with government and health organizations to utilize No 1 Oxford Street Hotel and Suites as a centre to house victims and/or medical personnel.

“We invested over $50 million to complete No 1 Oxford Street which recently opened in January but I am moved to offer the property to be used for good, to help my people during this critical time,” Bediako said.

Mr Bediako is the founder of the Kwarleyz Group, an umbrella company which encompasses Wonda World Estates, Petronia City Development, New Africa Construction, and Belfast City & Property Management.

His offers comes at a time that Bishop Gideon Titi-Ofei’s bid to offer a 100-bed capacity facility in Tema-West to covid -19 fight was protested by his neighbours.

The residents expressed concern that the disease being fought is highly contagious and using the facility which is not an isolation centre could expose residents to the dreaded pandemic. The Bishop now says he would look at other options of helping fight the virus.

See photos of the edifies below:

Source: Ghanaweb.com

31 CORONAVIRUS PATIENTS RECOVER IN GHANA – Minister of Health Reveals

Thirty-one out of the 152 persons who were receiving treatment after contracting COVID-19, the disease caused by the coronavirus have recovered, the Health Minister, Kweku Agyeman-Manu has disclosed.

He said, however, that they will be kept in isolation and monitored for about four weeks. After this period, more tests will be conducted before they are declared to have fully recovered.

This brings the total number of people who have recovered from the disease in Ghana to 33. Five persons have, however, died after contracting the COVID-19.

The development brings relief to many as Accra, Kumasi and Kasoa enter day two of a partial lockdown to curb the spread of coronavirus in the country.

More than 37,000 people have died from COVID-19 globally, while over 780,000 infections have been confirmed in at least 178 countries and territories. More than 166,000 people have recovered from the coronavirus.

In Ghana and all countries across the world, stringent measures, including lockdowns have been declared to curb the spread of the disease.

On Monday, the Health Service in its web updates indicated that no new cases had been recorded.

“The Kumasi Centre for Collaborative Research tested 17 samples from the Upper East (3), North East (3) and Ashanti (11) regions all of which were Negative.

“No new test results have been received from Noguchi Memorial Institute for Medical Research since the last update”.

Total confirmed COVID-19 cases in Ghana stands at 152 with five deaths as of March 30, 2020.

Source: Myjoyonline.com

GHANA’S LOCKDOWN HAS SO MANY LOOPHOLES, MISINFORMATION & CONFUSION – Lydia Forson

Ghanaian actress Lydia Forson has expressed her opinion on the President’s directive for a partial lockdown.

Lydia who has acknowledged the government’s relentless efforts in containing the spread of the deadly Coronavirus, believes the lockdown directive issued by the president was not well thought through.

Expressing her thoughts on social media, the “Perfect Picture” actress said, there are so many grey areas in President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo’s new directive.

“While I appreciate the efforts the government is putting in to control this pandemic; I believe this #lockdown was not fully thought through. So many grey areas, loopholes, misinformation, and confusion. Like some people have already run away to other regions,” she tweeted this on March 29, 2020.

President Nana Akufo-Addo declared a partial lockdown of Accra and Kumasi effective 1am on Monday, March 30, 2020.

The lockdown which affects Accra, Tema and Kumasi will last for two weeks. The decision, according to the President is to help curb the spread of COVID-19 which has led to four deaths and infected some 137 people.

President Nana Akufo-Addo made the declaration in a national address delivered on Friday, March 27, 2020.

Ghana has a seen a rapid increase of 152 cases in the last 3 weeks with 5 deaths, 2 recovered cases and one person in critical condition.

FORMER MUSIGA PRESIDENT OBOUR LOSES FATHER TO CORONAVIRUS

The father of Ghanaian Musician and former president of the Musician Union of Ghana (MUSIGHA), Bice Osei Kuffour aka Obour, has died at the Ridge Hospital in Accra after reportedly catching the deadly coronavirus.

Obour In a statement released shortly after his father’s demise, Obour said his father, Nana Osei Boansi Kuffuor passed away after doctors said “he is likely to be a confirmed Covid-19”.

The statement added, “Nana returned from UK on 19th March after his yearly visit to the family. Upon his return he was fine but began coughing on Sunday 22nd.

“We arranged for his blood sample to be tested and he tested positive for malaria.

“We began treatment for malaria but his condition got worse. We arranged to bring him to Accra to be tested for Covid 19 at Ridge Hospital on Wednesday. They informed us that his report will be ready on Friday but we should keep him in quarantine which we did”.

Below is Obour’s full statement

With sadness and a heavy heart I announce the death of Nana Osei Boansi Kuffour my biological father.

Nana returned from UK on 19th March after his yearly visit to the family. Upon his return he was fine but began coughing on Sunday 22nd.

We arranged for his blood sample to be tested and he tested positive for malaria.

We began treatment for malaria but his condition got worse. We arranged to bring him to Accra to be tested for Covid 19 at Ridge Hospital on Wednesday. They informed us that his report will be ready on Friday but we should keep him in quarantine which we did.

On Thursday night he had extreme difficulty with breathing so we called the Ambulance service and informed them of his condition. We told them the patient has tested for COVID 19 and awaiting his results so they should come along with appropriate apparel.

The ambulance team took him to Ridge Hospital around 11pm on Thursday March 26. We informed the health team at Ridge of his condition and also informed them he had earlier taken a test for Covid and awaiting results.

Late this afternoon , the Drs informed us that he is likely to be a confirmed Covid case and as such we should take steps to do a contact trace and quarantine ourselves. Sadly he passed on this evening.

These are the true facts about my fathers demise.

Source: NKONKONSA.com