The Council for Technical and Vocational Education and Training (COTVET) and the Ministry of Education has announced the suspension of the Zonal Skills Competition 2020 which was scheduled to take place from April 5 to 11, 2020 until further notice.

Similarly, a training program that had been put together for the competition experts on Wednesday, March 18, 2020, has also been suspended until further notice.

The decision for the suspension of the competition, according to a statement dated Tuesday, March 17, 2020, and signed by the Executive Director, COTVET, Dr. Fred Kyei Asamoah, had to do with the outbreak of the coronavirus (COVID-19).

“These actions have become necessary due to the Government of Ghana’s directives to halt all public gatherings in the interest of public safety and measures to control the spread of the COVID-19. We are encouraging all stakeholders and other participants, especially, the hosting institutions and aspiring competitors to keep on preparing for the competition in the hope that the disease will be curtailed in no time for a new date to be communicated”, the statement in part read.

According to the Council, institutions and Competitors will be notified at least two weeks prior to the new competition date, urging all stakeholders to provide their emails and phone numbers to their coordinators and the Council to allow for regular updates.

Ghana, has at Sunday, March 15, 2020, confirmed and recorded six (6) cases of coronavirus from an initial two recorded on Thursday, March 12, 2020.

As at the time filing this story, reported cases globally had reached 187,430 cases while recording 7,478 deaths, according to www.worldometers.info, a web portal that keeps track of confirmed coronavirus and its associated deaths and recovery.

A total of 80,848 have so far recovered from the virus, according to the web portal.