As you are already aware, Nana Akufo Addo- the president of Ghana has put some parts of Accra and Kumasi under lockdown to halt the spread of coronavirus.
The president delivered his 4th speech to address the nation on the coronavirus situation in the country yesterday March 27 where he outlined new strategies to combat covid-19.
For the records, Ghana has recorded 136 cases and 4 deaths as of 28 March 2020 hence the decision to take stricter measures to ensure that it doesn’t spiral out of control.
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Take a look at what we learnt from the President’s speech.
#1. Why the President locked down only Accra & Kumasi
“Accra, Tema, Kasoa and Kumasi, which have been identified by the Ghana Health Service as the ‘hotspots’ of the infections. In doing this, we cannot afford to copy blindly, and do all the things some other well-developed countries are doing. There is no one-size-fits-all approach to this pandemic. We have a unique situation in our country, and we must take it into account in dealing with the disease, whilst meeting all the six (6) key WHO guidelines on the most effective ways of combating the pandemic. Even though it may be said that the number of our infections is still, relatively, low, if we act now purposefully, we have a chance of preventing an escalation of our numbers.”
#2. Beginning of the lockdown?
Effective 1 am on Monday, 30th March.
#3. How long will this last and will it be extended?
“This will last for a period of two (2) weeks, subject to review. It will give us the opportunity to try to halt the spread of the virus, and scale-up effectively contact tracing of persons who have come into contact with infected persons, test them for the virus, and, if necessary, quarantine and isolate them for treatment, should they prove to have the virus.”
#4. Does it mean no one can get at all, even to buy food or medicine?
“However, if you must go out, it must only be to get essential items such as food, medicine, water, undertake banking transactions, or to use public toilet facilities. But, as much as possible, stay at home,” the President clarified.
#5. Does restriction affect everyone?
The following are exempted:
- Members of the Executive, Legislature and the Judiciary;
- Production, distribution and marketing of food, beverages, pharmaceuticals, medicine, paper and plastic packages;
- Environmental and sanitation activities;
- Staff of VALCO;
- Road and railway construction workers;
- Mining workers;
- Members of the security agencies assigned lawful duties;
- Staff of electricity, water, telecommunications, e-commerce and digital service providers; and
- Staff of fuel stations.