President of Ghana, Nana Akufo-Addo has lifted the 21-days coronavirus lockdown imposed in some parts of the country.
Akufo-Addo made this known during his seventh address to the nation on the coronavirus pandemic on Sunday, April 19, 2020.
According to him, residents of the capital, Accra, and major centers will be allowed to return to work from Monday even though other restrictions such as school closures and a ban on sport and religious meetings remain in place.
“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 1am on Monday, 20th April.
“In effect, tomorrow will see the partial lockdown in Accra and Kumasi being lifted”.
All public gatherings are still prohibited, while Borders and schools remain closed.
“Lifting these restrictions doesn’t mean we are letting our guard down. We’ll tailor our solution to our unique social economic and cultural condition. There’s no one-size fits all approach,” the president said
Ghana has spent the three-week lockdown to conduct more than 68,000 coronavirus tests and recorded 1,042 cases with nine deaths.