Akufo-Addo swerves Mahama on extension of lockdown

President Akufo-Addo on Sunday 19th April, 2020, lifted the restriction on movement of persons in the Greater Accra and Greater Kumasi effective today.

Before the President’s address, there were some expectations from the General public as to extending the lockdown so government can adequately prepare in it fight against Coronavirus.

Former President John Dramani Mahama including some Ghanaians expected the lockdown to be extended but it seems their suggestion was not given much attention to hence the President’s decision to lift the ban.

“Recent developments have made it clear, the extent of the spread of the virus. The last report put the number of confirmed cases at 834. Many health experts continue to suggest the necessity and appropriateness of an extension of the restrictions on movement, the flag bearer of the NDC tweeted.

Giving reasons for the lift of the ban, the President said it is because of Ghana’s ability to undertake aggressive contact tracing of infected persons among other factors.

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The factors include, ” 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…”.

Akufo-Addo swerves Mahama on extension of lockdown

He added: “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 equipments, 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-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 1 am on Monday, 20th April.

Source: Nana Kwame/Smartandstuck.com

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