The government of Ghana has warned the general public over sharing of fake information on the internet especially various social media platforms.
In a video posted, the government warned that sharing of fake information is a crime under the Ghanaian law.
According to Section 76 of the Electronic Communications Act 2008, Act 775, “A person who by means of electronic communications, knowingly sends a communication which is false or misleading and likely to prejudice the efficiency of life safety service or to endanger the safety of any person commits any person commits an offence.”
The punishment for sharing fake information is a fine of GHS 36,000 or a minimum of 5 years imprisonment.
Meanwhile, Over the past thirteen (13) days (since the introduction of the enhanced surveillance), a number of measures have been introduced to control and prevent further spread of COVID-19 in Ghana. Among these include restrictive movement in the hotspots of the outbreak, intensive contact tracing and laboratory testing, social distancing, and intensive public education. These measures have resulted in a sudden increase in case detection, with a high number of cases being reported.
As of 11 April 2020, 23:00 Hrs, a total of 37,954 persons have been tested with 566 being positive for COVID-19. The breakdown of the 566 positive cases are as follows: four (4) have been treated, discharged and tested negative, 552 cases have been categorised as mild disease on treatment, two (2) moderate to severe cases, none currently on ventilators and eight (8) have died.
Of the 566 confirmed COVID-19 cases, 292 were reported from the routine surveillance, 159 from enhanced surveillance activities and 115 from travellers under mandatory quarantine in both Accra and Tamale.
Regions that have reported cases are Greater Accra, Ashanti, Central, Eastern, Western, Volta, Northern, North East, Upper East, and Upper West.
Regional distribution of case-patients, Ghana, March – April 2020