Earlier, the Archbishop of Accra in a Pastoral Letter to The Faithful in the Archdiocese said that the Lenten season re-enforces the call to intensify every one’s prayer life and implored, “Let us use these rich devotional prayers we have as a church.”
“We know the benefit we derive from these devotional prayers. These moments of crisis permit us to get closer to God by intensifying our prayer life. As a faith community, we are ready to offer the world the weapon of prayer in the fight against COVID-19,” the Accra Prelate said, adding, “God, through prayer, will heal our land.”
The Accra Archbishop also touched on the Lenten observance calls on Catholics to also fast and give alms as sincere signs of repentance.
By choosing the Day of Solemnity, Ghana’s President said that “Let us pray to God to protect our nation and save us from this pandemic” and “I thank the men and women of God who prayed for the nation with me on Thursday, March19 and with the Vice President on Friday, March 20 for their intervention, he added.
In the 10-minute address, the President updated the 30 million citizens from the sixteen regions in the country on the progress of the nation’s fight against the Coronavirus pandemic against some five-point objectives that the country had put in place.
The objective included limiting and stopping the importation of the virus, containing its spread, providing adequate care for the sick, limiting the impact of the virus on social and economic life as well as inspiring the expansion of the country’s domestic capability and self-reliance.
The President, in his third address to the West African nation since the first COVID-19 case was reported in the country, regretted that one of the 21 cases, a person that the President said had underlying health complications, had succumbed to the illness.
President Nana Addo also announced closure of Ghana’s borders from Sunday, March 22, 2020, to further help reduce further escalation of infections in the country.
“All our borders that is by land, sea and air will be closed to human traffic for the next two weeks, beginning midnight on Sunday March 22. Anybody who comes into the country, before midnight on Sunday, will be mandatorily quarantined and tested for the virus,” the president said, adding, “This closure will however not apply to goods, supplies and cargo.”
He noted that the Ministry of Health will not only step up its contact tracing efforts, but will also see to it that all persons who have been identified as having come into contact with infected persons are tested for the virus.