The President of the Republic, Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo on Sunday, 19th April 2020 announced the lifting of the restriction of movements of persons in the Greater Accra Metropolitan and Kosoa and the Greater Kumasi Metropolitan Area and it’s contigiuos districts.
According to him, the decision to enforce the 3-week lockdown was taken to give Government the opportunity to try to contain the virus, scale-up effectively the tracing of persons who had come into contact with infected persons, test them for the virus and quarantine those who tested positive and isolate them for treatment.
He explained and noted that, with Ghana having received the test results of some 68,591 contacts and with the majority of the tests being undertaken over the last three (3) weeks, 1,042 i.e 1.5% have been confirmed as positive with 67,549 i.e 98.5% testing negative. Additionally 99 persons have recovered, and have been discharged 930 persons who have been isolated are responding to treatment, either in their homes or in treatment facilities.
“The main reason our country has seen an increase in the number of confirmed cases is that over the last three (3) weeks is because of the decision we took aggressively to trace and test contacts of infected persons. This has enabled us to identify and isolate infected persons, protect the population from further infections and contain better the spread of the virus”, he said.
The President continued, “indeed Ghana is the only other country in Africa to have conducted more than sixty thousand (60,000) tests and we’re ranked No. 1 in Africa in administring of tests per million people”. Thus, President Akufo-Addo explained that, in view of our ability to undertake aggressive contract tracing, 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 of our demestic capacity to produce our own personal protective equipment, sanitizers and medicines.
The modest success chalked at containing 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) weeks old restriction on movements in the Greater Accra Metropolitan Area, and Kasoa, and the Greater Kumasi Metropolitan Area and it’s contagious districts with effect from 1:00am Monday, 20th April”. See the image below!