April 23, 2020

The Authority of Heads of States and Governments would hold an extraordinary meeting today Thursday, April 23, 2020 through a video conference.

Heads of States would be discussing the situation and impact of the Coronavirus pandemic in the West African sub-region.

Ahead of the extraordinary summit, the Ministers of Finance and Governor of the Central Banks held a virtual meeting on Tuesday, April 21 of this year on same COVID-19 to assess its impact on the sub-region.

To address the COVID-19 pandemic, Finance Ministers and Governors of the Central Banks in the sub-region had to immediately make available financial support and assistance from international partners for the purchase of medical supplies and essential equipment for the fight against the pandemic.

As of April 20 this year, according to the West African Health Oraganisation (WAHO) data, the fifteen (15) member states have recorded five thousand, four hundred and seventy-four (5, 474) confirmed cases whiles one thousand five hundred and sixty-seven (1,567) had recovered with one hundred and forty (140) deaths and three thousand seven hundred and sixty-seven active cases.

The Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) reaffirmed its solidarity with Member States and welcomed all the measures already taken to contain the spread of the pandemic and cure for the sick.

Kwaku Sakyi-Danso/Ghanamps.com