CORONAVIRUS: Avoid Business Trips to China – Trade Union advises

Ghana Union of Trader’s Association (GUTA) has urged all members of the business community to hold on with business trips to China as the coronavirus outbreak is yet to be effectively contained.

The Union advised that, if possible, traders should conduct their business related activities via the internet as a precautionary measure until, the emergency situation is under control.

GUTA added that, all persons returning from a Trip to China should immediately report themselves to the hospital if they feel any symptoms of coronavirus as spelt out by health officials.

“For those who have recently returned or are returning from a trip to China and its environs should carefully observe themselves and report to the nearest health facility immediately they start feeling any symptoms of the disease as stated by health officials, for early diagnosis and treatment”

Addressing the business community via a press statement on Tuesday, signed by its general secretary Alpha Shaban, and copied to, GUTA urged all members “to listen and comply with the directives issued by our health authorities in the country”.


Currently, over 3,000 people have been infected, with 80 persons reported dead from the coronavirus.

According to healthcare officials it is believed that the virus is spread through coughing, sneezing and touching of infected surfaces.

Precautionary measures 

1.Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds. If soap and water are not available, use an alcohol hand sanitizer.

2. Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth with unwashed hands.

3. Avoid close contact with people who are sick.

4. Stay home if you are sick. 

5. When you cough or sneeze,

6. Cover your cough or sneeze with a tissue, then throw the tissue in the trash.

  1. Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces like doorknobs, tables, chairs etc

The general public is also advised to avoid any animals (dead or alive) brought from affected areas, particularly China and to basically stay away from any animal products such as fish, seafood or any uncooked meat.

Source: Jonas Danquah || 

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