The president of the Republic of Ghana, Nana Akufo-Addo, has declared a lockdown of some parts of the country, starting 1am on Monday (30th March, 2020).
He made the announcement via a televised address to the nation.
“Prevailing circumstances mean stricter measures have to be put in place to contain and halt the spread of the virus within our country, especially in Accra, Tema, Kasoa, and Kumasi which have have been identified by the Ghana Health Service as the hot-spots 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 are in a unique situation in our country, and we must take it into account in dealing with the disease, whiles meeting all the 6 key WHO guidelines in the most effective way of dealing with 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 escalation of our numbers. So effective 1am on Monday 30th March, some 48 hours from now, I have imposed …..restrictions on movements of persons in the Greater Accra Metropolitan area, Ghana, which includes Awutu Senya East Municipality, and Kumasi Metropolitan area and contiguous districts for a period of 2 weeks, subject to review”, the president said.
The President however stated that people in the affected areas can only go out to get essential items or services such as food, conduct banking transactions or use the public toilet.