Extension of Ghana’s lockdown to be determined in coming days

President Akufo-Addo

Ghanaians have been told that government will decide whether or not to extend the lockdown imposed on parts of the country in the coming days.

Addressing the general public on Sunday, April 5 2020, President Akufo-Addo noted that the decision will largely be based on the results of the over 19,000 tests that have been conducted due to the enhanced contact tracing exercise.

He said the decision of the government on the matter will be driven by science and available data.

The President announced that 15,385 out of 19,276 contact persons have been reached through the enhanced contact tracing and their samples taken.

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Over 800 gone home

The President also stated that some 804 individuals, who were part of 1,030 travellers in mandatory quarantine, have joined their families, while the remaining 121 are in the process of being released.

“I want to thank all of them and their families and loved ones for their understanding and co-operation with the stringent procedures that Government was forced to deploy in the public interest,” President Akufo-Addo said in a live televised broadcast to the nation.

He added that 79 persons, out of the total number of 1,030, were initially found to be positive, and appropriate arrangements were made for their isolation and treatment.

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“Subsequently, after 12 further days of quarantine, 26 other persons were found to be positive as a result of their second test, bringing the total number of those found to be positive to 105, all of whom have been isolated for treatment,” he observed.


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