President Akufo-Addo has lifted the partial lockdown of Accra and Kumasi.
The President made this known in a national address delivered on Sunday, April 19, 2020.
That notwithstanding, he says that the ban on social gatherings is still in force.
He says that the lifting of the lockdown does not mean the country letting down its guard.
President Akufo-Addo explained that, amongst others, the modest successes chalked at containing the spread of the virus in Accra and Kumasi and the severe impact on the poor and vulnerable has made it necessary to lift the restriction on movement in some parts of the country.
“In view of our ability to undertake aggressive contact tracing of infected persons, the enhancement of our capacity to test, the expansion in the numbers of our treatment and isolation centres, our better understanding of the dynamism of the virus, the ramping up of our domestic capacity to produce our own personal protective equipment, sanitisers and medicines, the modest successes chalked at containing the spread of the virus in Accra and Kumasi, and the severe impact on the poor and vulnerable, I have taken the decision to lift the three (3) week old restriction on movements in the Greater Accra Metropolitan Area and Kasoa, and the Greater Kumasi Metropolitan Area and its contiguous districts, with effect from 1am on Monday, 20th April. In effect, tomorrow will see the partial lockdown in Accra and Kumasi being lifted,” the President announced.
Akufo-Addo says the three-week partial lockdown of Accra and Kumasi helped in tracing about 86,000 contacts of infected persons with 68,591 of them already tested for the virus.
Ghana has so far confirmed 1,042 positive cases of the coronavirus with ninety-nine recoveries and nine deaths.
The spike in Ghana’s cases has been linked to the government enhanced contact tracing measures.
Meanwhile, President Akufo-Addo has extended the closure of Ghana’s borders by two more weeks.
He says that the extension is because an “overwhelming majority of confirmed cases have come from travellers or from people who have come into contact with travellers”
Ghanaians criticize Akufo-Addo for lifting partial lockdown
A section of the Ghanaian public have registered their displeasure with the President lifting the restriction on movements in Accra and Kumasi.
They believe that the move is risky and not in contradiction of an earlier statement by the President saying that human life must be valued most ahead of the economy.
Very bad decision Nana Addo 🤦♀️, community spread will start soon
— Akosuah May💕 (@Akosuahmay) April 19, 2020
I still think he liftinh the restrictions on movement now is dangerous. Let’s hope it turns out well.
— #COVID19: Stay at home (@jnyabor) April 19, 2020
Story by: Jeffrey Nyabor | universnewsroom.com