President Nana Akufo-Addo has lifted restrictions imposed on the movement of persons on Greater Accra and Greater Kumasi and surrounding towns as part of efforts to control the spread of the coronavirus.
According to the President, the 3-week lockdown has achieved its objectives, among which was the need to scale up tracing and testing people who may have come into contact with those who had already tested positive.
Addressing the nation in his seventh televised broadcast since the first confirmed cases of the disease in the middle of March, the President said the decision to suspend the lockdown will take effect from Monday, April 20, 2020.
From more than 60,000 samples tested so far, the president said, “we’ve been able to understand better the dynamism of the virus, mapped out its geographic footprint and established current and potential hotspots.”
“We’ve also been able to isolate and educate asymptomatic carriers and thereby help minimize the spread of the virus,” he continued.
But there has been a mixed reaction from Ghanaians on social media especially twitter.
Here are some of the reactions.
Very bad decision Nana Addo 🤦♀️, community spread will start soon
— Akosuah May💕 (@Akosuahmay) April 19, 2020
Ghana was locked down when we had less than 30 cases but Nana Addo has lifted the lockdown at 1042 cases now
We have lost the fight 😔
— Nungua Burnaboy (@Views09) April 19, 2020
Ghanaians just like talking too much. Developed countries are still practicing lockdown
You’ve talked and forced Nana Addo saa now he has ended the lockdown
The virus is still out there, people will now move about freely. If someone has it just know he’ll spread it
— Kelewele Joint 🍟 (@Ankamagyimi) April 19, 2020
The economic situation of some Ghanaians in lockdown influenced Nana Addo’s decision to lift the ban
Some people really dey struggle.. not saying the lift of the ban was good but I understand
— Kay 💧 (@Kaypoisson1) April 19, 2020
He understood that this is freedom, But he didn't know that He has lost his safety stuff. #Ghanaians after the speech by Nana Addo
.#lockDown #covid19 #COVID2019ghana #TheLockDown #LockDownAccra #CitiCBS pic.twitter.com/gwBTFfSVPp
— K O K U 🇬🇭 (@Fkoku) April 20, 2020
I can imagine how the Central Business Districts(Makola, Kantamanto, Circle, tip-toe lane, Kejetia In Kumasi,) are going to be tomorrow. Free infection of COVID 19. Courtesy president Nana Addo. How more wicked can this man be.
— Abdul (@naghajah) April 20, 2020