Ghana has recorded more than 1,000 additional cases of Coronavirus since the country lifted its lockdown.
Last week, Ghana President Nana Akufo-Addo lifted a three-week lockdown on the basis of “improved coronavirus testing”.
The Ghanaian president had said non-essential businesses in Accra and Kumasi could reopen but under guidelines of social distancing. He said Ghanaians should make use of face masks in public places.
As of April 19, when the lockdown was lifted, the country had recorded 1,042 cases and 99 recoveries.
However, figures from Ghana’s ministry of health on Thursday showed that the country currently has 2,074 confirmed cases of COVID-19, out of which 212 recoveries and 17 deaths have been recorded.
This implies an increase of 1,032 cases since the lockdown was lifted. Ghana is the first country in the West African region to lift the restriction on movement.
Similarly, Nigeria’s President Muhammadu Buhari had announced the partial reopening of the country’s economy after five weeks of lockdown.
A nationwide curfew is expected to commence on May 4, while a ban on school activities and religious gatherings will remain.