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Lockdown lifted; Social gathering still prohibited

In the seventh COVID-19 address to the nation on Sunday evening, President Nana Akufo-Addo lifted the partial lockdown in the major cities in the country.

According to the president, the government has made remarkable progress in the fight to contain the spread of COVID-19 in the country.

He explained  that, Ghana received test results of 68,591 contacts, with the majority of tests undertaken over the last 3 weeks, 1,042 persons, representing 1.5%, have been confirmed as positive, with 67,549, 98.5%, testing negative.

“The main reason our country has seen an increase in the number of confirmed cases over the last three weeks is because of the decision we took aggressively to trace and test contacts of infected persons.

“This has enabled us to identify and isolate infected persons, protect the population from further infections, and contain better the spread of the virus…”

“…Indeed, Ghana is the only other country in Africa to have conducted more than 60,000 tests, and we are ranked number one in Africa in administering of tests per million people…”

“…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,” he said.

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