Coronavirus: Be cautious but don’t shut down – Private schools advised

The Ghana National Council of Private Schools (GNACOPS) is urging heads of all private schools to go about regular academic activities while taking health precautions in the face of the outbreak of the 2019 novel Coronavirus (COVID-19) in Ghana.

The Council said the development calls for strengthened measures within schools to ensure that pupils and staff are protected from any possible case of coronavirus infection.

“Children are most susceptible to infections and communicable diseases and rightly so. It has been confirmed from statistics of countries that have been, to a greater extent affected with Coronavirus that a good number of children in those countries have been infected. It is, therefore, very imperative that we put in place measures to protect our pupils/children from any possible cases of infections,” GNACOPS said in their statement.

Among other things, the Council said the schools must avoid cases of overcrowding, especially in classrooms, dining halls and buses since such places easily promote the transfer of the disease from one person to the other.

“We must educate learners/children on the Coronavirus pandemic in ways that will not spark fear and panic, but rather to equip them with the requisite knowledge they need about the disease and how to protect themselves… We must provide enough Hand Washing bowls with soap and running water in our schools for the learners/children to have access for usage,” the statement added.

In addition to ensuring that pupils have sanitizers in their bags and use them often, GNACOPS said parents must closely observe their children and quickly seek help if they suspect any child of showing symptoms of the disease.

“We must admonish parents to kindly keep their children at home and seek medical help should they suspect any symptoms since the school is not mandated to give any medication to any child. We, therefore, wish to emphasise and encourage the entire private schools fraternity to go on with their normal duties of academic delivery until further notice from the leadership of the council.”

The Council said it is collaborating with the Ghana Health Service and the Ministry of Education on developments concerning the outbreak and is putting in place all relevant materials and equipment in place to stop the spread of the disease.

Two confirmed cases in Ghana

There are two confirmed cases of COVID-19 in Ghana. The Minister of Health, Kwaku Agyemang Manu on Thursday, March 12, 2020 announced that the country had confirmed two imported cases.

The patients had returned from Norway and Turkey.

One of the patients was later disclosed as a top official of the Norwegian Embassy while the other is a Ghanaian staff of the United Nationals Development Programme (UNDP).

The Embassy and the UN offices in Accra have currently closed down as staff have been asked to self-quarantine.

The government has stepped up efforts to sensitize the public to observe safety precautions including regular handwashing under running water to avoid spreading the virus.

Schools closed down

Some international schools in Ghana including the Ghana International School have closed down as a safety measure to avoid the spread of the disease following news that the two cases in Ghana.

Universities such as the University of Ghana, Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology and the University Cape Coast have all issued statements spelling out precautionary measures for the university community.

Some of the precautions including banning of all public gatherings of people more than 100.

Publish on Apt

Do you have any Social, informational, educational or entertaining stuff that should be featured on

Please submit your stories, pictures, and videos to us via WhatsApp: +233548388489 or click on the icon on your screen. Alternatively, email us:

RSS APO Group – Africa-Newsroom: latest news releases related to Africa

  • Coronavirus - Gambia: COVID-19 update (15 April 2021) April 16, 2021
    Active cases: 348 New cases: 12 New tests: 325 Total confirmed: 5,694 Recovered: 5,176 (+11) Deaths: 170 (+0) Vaccinated: 18,428Distributed by APO Group on behalf of Ministry of Health, The Gambia.Media filesDownload logo
  • Coronavirus - Zambia: COVID-19 update (15 April 2021) April 16, 2021
    COVID-19 update - 15th Apr,2021: we report 143 new cases out of 5,696 tests (3% positivity), 42 recoveries; & 1 new death (MHSRIP); 106 vaccines were administered.Distributed by APO Group on behalf of Zambia National Public Health Institute (ZNPHI).Media filesDownload logo
  • Coronavirus - Eritrea: Announcement from the Ministry of Health (15 April 2021) April 16, 2021
    Seven patients have been diagnosed positive for COVID-19 in tests carried out today at Quarantine Centers in Gash Barka, Southern, Central, and Southern Red Sea Regions. Out of these, two patients are from Quarantine Centers in Tessenei (1), and Goluj (1), Gash Barka region. Two other patients are from the Quarantine Center in Mendefera, Southern […]
  • Coronavirus - Nigeria: COVID-19 update (15 April 2021) April 16, 2021
    80 new cases of COVID-19 in Nigeria; Lagos-29 Rivers-19 Zamfara-6 Akwa Ibom-4 Edo-4 Osun-4 Plateau-4 Ogun-3 Kano-3 Nasarawa-2 FCT-1 Oyo-1 164,080 confirmed 154,285 discharged 2,061 deathsDistributed by APO Group on behalf of Nigeria Centre for Disease Control (NCDC).Media filesDownload logo
  • Rugby sevens match officials unveiled for Tokyo Olympics with 100 days to go April 16, 2021
    Squad of 22 match officials from 12 countries selected for the Olympic Games in Tokyo; Inclusion of five international players who have swapped the playing shirt for the whistle, including New Zealand’s Rugby World Cup winner Selica Winiata; Eight female referees including two making their second appearances at the Olympic Games; Rugby sevens competition takes […]
  • Team Qhubeka ASSOS fired up for Amstel Gold Race April 16, 2021
    Amstel Gold Race is the first of three Ardennes Classics and the UCI World Tour ranked classic will take place on Sunday in South Limburg, Netherlands. The 55th edition of the Amstel Gold Race is set to be a unique edition of the race with a revised route, due to Covid-19 restrictions, consisting of a […]
  • Coronavirus - Ethiopia: COVID-19 update (15 April 2021) April 16, 2021
    Daily: Laboratory test: 8,878 Severe cases: 1,031 New recovered: 1,288 New deaths: 33 New cases: 2,149 Total: Laboratory test: 2,478,471 Active cases: 57,388 Total recovered: 175,879 Total deaths: 3,285 Total cases: 236,554Distributed by APO Group on behalf of Ministry of Health, Ethiopia.Media filesDownload logo
  • Coronavirus - Kenya: COVID-19 update (15 April 2021) April 16, 2021
    Download logo1,091 people have tested positive to the disease, from a sample size of 5,958 tested in the last 24 hours. Our positivity rate is at 18.3%. Total confirmed positive cases are now 149,219 and cumulative tests so far conducted are 1,584,731. County distribution; Nairobi 330, Murang’a 116, Kiambu 87, Kericho 65, Nakuru 63, Embu […]
  • African Legal Support Facility: Governing board lauds Covid-19 support to clients April 16, 2021
    Download logoThe governing board of the African Legal Support Facility (ALSF) ( has met to review its progress over the past year, noting its strong performance in providing solutions to its clients during the Covid-19 pandemic. The board approved the Facility’s draft annual report and 2020 financial statements, endorsing the extension of the Facility’s mandate, […]
  • Rugby Africa in Discussion with Mariama Diallo, The Senegal 15-a-side Women's National Team Captain April 16, 2021
    The Senegal 15-a-side women’s national team has resumed training, which has created a lot of excitement and enthusiasm among the players. Rugby Africa spoke to the team captain, Mariama Diallo, to find out what this means to her and her team-mates as they gear up to play matches in the coming months. 1. How excited […]
About Editor 614 Articles
Joe Bright Nyarko Journalist/Communication Researcher. Environment & Sustainability Advocate. Managing Editor of, a non-profit news portal with bias towards environment and sustainability issues, rural development policies and gender & inequality.