Ghanian President, Nana Akufo-Addo, has lifted the lockdown imposed on some parts of the country following the COVID-19 outbreak.
In a nationwide address on Sunday night, Akufo-Addo lifted the lockdown imposed on Greater Accra Metropolitan Area, the Greater Kumasi Metropolitan Area and other districts of the country.
He explained that the lockdown was lifted due to aggressive contact tracing of those infected and expansion of isolation centres.
According to Akufo-Addo: “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-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 1 am on Monday, 20th April.”
The three-week lockdown announced by Akufo-Ado was necessitated after 60,000 people in the country were tested for COVID-19.
Ghana has also recorded nine COVID-19 related deaths.