- President Akufo-Addo in his seventh address to the nation on measures put in place to combat the spread of COVID-19 announced an end to a three-week partial lockdown imposed on some parts of the country
Madrid, 20 April 2020. President Nana Addo Dankwa AKufo-Addo has lifted the partial lockdown announced three weeks ago to restrict movements in the Greater Accra Region, Kasoa in the Central Region and Kumasi and its peri-urban communities in the Ashanti Region as part of measures to stem the spread of the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic.
According to the President, the decision was influenced by several factors including Ghana’s ability to undertake aggressive contact tracing, an enhanced capacity to test, expansion of the number of treatment and isolation centres as well as the impact of the virus on the poor and vulnerable in the affected areas.
He said the country had so far tested 68,591 people, with 67,549, that is 98.5 per cent testing negative. Additionally, 99 persons have recovered and had been discharged, with 930 persons, who have been in isolation responding to treatment either in their homes or in treatment facilities.
To summarise some of the updates:
- Lockdown lifted
- Use compulsory face masks
- Cost of Living Allowance for Civil/Public Servants
- Reduction in cost of internet data
- Enhanced contact tracing and testing
- LEAP support to vulnerable via Momo
- Ban on public gathering extended for some weeks
- Demurrage and rent charges on freights at seaports waived
- Essential workers brackets expanded
- Markets restrictions relaxed a bit
- Stimulus package to businesses expanded
The President indicated that the suspension of the partial lockdown was not to mean the government was letting its guard down in the fight. Akufo-Addo noted that despite the lifting of the ban, Ghana’s borders will remain closed.
For the latest updates and information, visit:
- Kumasi Center for Collaborative Research in Tropical Medicine (KCCR)
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