President Akufo-Addo has lifted the partial lockdown on Ghana’s Coronavirus hotspots, Accra, Kumasi and adjoining ditricts.
In his 7th address to the nation on how Ghana is handling the COVID-19 crisis, the president said, he has signed an Executive Instrument ordering the withrawal of restrictions on movement within the affected areas with effect from Monday April 20, 2020.
“Fellow Ghanaians, 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 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, I have taken the decision to lift the three (3) 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,” president Akufo-Addo said.
He, however, announced that the ban on social and religious gatherings is still in place whilst schools and universities remain closed.
The president also extended the closure of the country’s borders by four more weeks.