Ghana’s President, Nana Akufo-Addo announced Sunday, April 19, that the 21-day lockdown of its biggest cities had been lifted after the restrictions bought the government enough time to improve its preparedness for the coronavirus pandemic. Following the announcement, Ghanaians took to the streets en masse to celebrate.
Ghana has lifted the lockdown, but
Public gatherings are still banned.
Borders and schools remain closed.
It has now done 68,591 Coronavirus tests with 1,042 cases.
Drones are used to transport samples.
It is producing its own face masks, gloves, scrubs, gowns, head gears.
— Africa Facts Zone (@AfricaFactsZone) April 19, 2020
Residents of the capital, Accra, and major centers will be allowed to return to work from Monday even though other restrictions such as school closures and a ban on sport and religious meetings remain in place, the president said.
Ghana has spent the three-week lockdown to conduct more than 68,000 tests and draw-up plans to establish testing centers in all of its 16 regions, Akufo-Addo said. Local factories commenced the production of protective equipment while drone services are used to speed-up the transportation of tests, he said.
President Akufo-Addo of Ghana says 68,591 Covid-19 tests have been conducted (only other African Country to test over 60,000).
1,042 confirmed cases.
Lifts partial lockdown (gatherings still banned, borders remain closed as do schools etc).
Drones being used to transport samples pic.twitter.com/SfAbqlgGoV
— Samira Sawlani (@samirasawlani) April 19, 2020
Confirmed cases reached 1,042 with nine deaths, while the results of 18,000 testing samples remain outstanding.
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