MTN shuts down offices due to ‘rapid spread of COVID-19’


South African mobile telecommunications giant, Mobile Telephone Network (MTN), has closed down some of its offices in Ghana over what it described as the “rapid spread of the COVID-19 virus.”

In an SMS to its customers today [March 28, 2020], MTN explained that some of its branches in the country have been closed down, effective today, adding that the move is to protect its staff and customers against the deadly coronavirus disease which has rapidly spread across the globe.

The mobile telecommunications giant directed customers to engage with it through its “digital channels such as Skype via Customercaremtngh” within the period of the temporary closure of its offices.

The Company “sincerely apologised” for any inconveniences the temporary closure may cause its numerous customers in Ghana, noting that the Company will duly notify its customers when “normal operations” resume.

President Akufo-Addo late last night [March 27, 2020] announced a partial lockdown of some metropolises, municipalities and districts in the Greater Accra and Ashanti Regions in the wake of a rapid spread of the coronavirus disease in the country. The move is expected to help halt the spread of the deadly disease.

Meanwhile, unconfirmed reports earlier today suggested that some residents of the affected areas are making frantic efforts to travel out of the areas before the lockdown comes into effect on Monday, March 30, 2020. If these reports are anything to go by, then one can predict the movements are likely to defeat the purpose for which President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo declared the lockdown.

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