President Akufo-Addo extends lockdown by one more week

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The partial lockdown imposed on Ghana’s coronavirus hotspots will continue for one more week after its expiration on Sunday.

The extension takes effect from Monday April 13, 2020.

This was announced by President Akufo-Addo during Thursday night’s televised address on Ghana’s COVID-19 response.

“The decision has been taken through the issuance of an Executive Instrument, to extend the restrictions on movement in the Greater Accra Metropolitan Area, Kasoa and the Greater Kumasi Metropolitan Area and its contiguous districts by one more week, effective 1am on Monday 13th April, subject to review,” he told the nation.

Current restrictions on vehicular and human movements were imposed two weeks ago by the president acting through Executive Instruments, in an effort to control the spread of the deadly contagion and allow the smooth take-off of enhanced tracing and testing within the epicenters.

The old order, per the announcement, was for 14 days and is supposed to expire by midnight Sunday April 12, 2020.

But president Akufo-Addo said, the fight is not yet over, making it imperative to extend the lockdown as the country continues to make efforts towards winning the fight against the deadly virus.

“This fight is not over and we are by no means out of the woods yet,” he said.

He said, “an additional 10,000 samples will be tested in the coming week to ensure we see things clearer to be able to take a decisions on tge way forward.”

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