President Akufo-Addo has extended the closure of Ghana’s borders by two more weeks.
The President first announced the closure of the country’s borders on March 22, during his third address to the nation on the COVID19 fight.
At the time, he said that the move was necessary to reduce further escalation of the coronavirus infection rate in the country.
Subsequently, he announced a two-week extension of the closure, which took effect on April 5, 2020.
In a televised address on Sunday April 19, President Akufo-Addo, updating Ghanaians on new measures taken by the government in the COVID19 fight explained that it was necessary to further extend the closure of the countries borders as majority of the country’s confirmed cases were from travellers.
“As has been established, the overwhelming majority of confirmed cases have come from travellers or from people who have come into contact with travellers. It is, therefore, incumbent on us to continue to be vigilant about travellers into our country until further notice…I have, thus, signed an Executive Instrument, to extend the closure of our borders for two (2) more weeks, beginning Monday, 20th April,” the President said.
However, according to data from the Ghana Health Service, of the 1,042 confirmed cases recorded in the country, 18% have travel histories.
Lockdown of Accra, Kumasi lifted
Meanwhile, the President has lifted the restrictions on movement in parts of the country whilst holding on to the ban on social gatherings.
He says that the lifting of the ban does not mean that the country is out of the pandemic, but rather, a demand for more adherence to safety protocols outlined by health officials.
Story by: Jeffrey Nyabor | universnewsroom.com