BY: Lambert Atsivor | Voltaonlinegh.com |
After three weeks of lock down, life is set to return to the Greater Accra and Kumasi Metropolitan areas as the ban on movement in those areas has been lifted.
The ban which was imposed by President Akufo-Addo early this month, in bid to contain the spread of the Corona virus pandemic in the country, brought commercial activities within the country’s two major commercial hubs to a standstill as non-essential businesses were closed with many workers staying home.
However, in a televised address to nation on Sunday night, the President announced an end to the partial lockdown effective, Monday 20th April, 2020.
The decision, according to him was based on the modest successes chalked at containing the spread of the virus in Accra and Kumasi after an aggressive contact tracing and testing, which currently puts the country’s case count at 1042 with nine deaths and 99 recoveries.
“In effect, tomorrow will see the partial lockdown in Accra and Kumasi being lifted,” the President announced as he acknowledged the severe impact the partial lock down had on the poor and vulnerable.
He nonetheless stated the ban on public gatherings, the closure of schools and the ports of entry still remain in force, as the country was not yet out of the woods.
He encouraged all and sundry to adhere to the social distancing protocols and further directs the use of nose masks to curb the rate of transmission of the virus in the country.
Watch the Full Address Below