Ghanaian President, Nana Akufo-Addo,has lifted the lockdown in the Greater Accra Metropolitan Area, the Greater Kumasi Metropolitan Area and other districts, despite recording 99 deaths, with over 60, 000 people tested. The West African nation has a population of over 31 million people. However all public gatherings, remain banned in Ghana.
“I have taken the decision to lift the 3 weeks 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. In effect, tomorrow (today) will see the partial lockdown in Accra and Kumasi being lifted,” the President said in a televised address.
In an address on television, on Sunday night, Akufo-Addo maintained that the partial lockdown would take effect from “1:00 am Monday, April 2020.”
The President said, “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.”
Ghanaians received the news with mixed feelings as the country has recorded more than 1,000 COVID-19 cases. And Nigerians on their part have also expressed their concerns noting that relaxing the lockdown may cause the spread of the Coronavirus disease to escalate, while bashing Nigeria for testing far lower cases, despite it’s far superior population.
Amy Duru wrote, “At least they’ve tested 60,000. We (Nigeria) have a long way to go, especially with the unrest and failure to observe the lockdown in Nigeria. So, we can’t even begin to compare Ghana and Nigeria.”
A Nigerian, identified as Babatunde, wrote, “Ecuador situation is ‘loading’ in Ghana with this unnecessary lifting of lockdown. Our (Nigerian) government should just make our border remain closed.”
Another Nigerian, @BoluOA, wrote, “It doesn’t sound like a great plan. I hope they do not experience a second wave.”
A Nigerian, identified as Abdulfatai Muhammed, wrote on Twitter, “I don’t think it is a good idea, considering the data you presented before us. I pray God does not allow what Melinda Gates said about Africa to come to pass. But I fear for us in Africa if we rush to call off the stay-at-home order, without bringing down the figure to the barest.”
Another Nigerian, identified as @waju2605, said, “He (President) probably did this because of the numbers of tests done compared to the population size. Sure, he has some ‘post-lockdown’ measures too.”