The President, Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo says a decision on when
restrictions on public gatherings – put in place to curb the spread of
coronavirus – to be lifted, has yet to be taken.
He said a lot of information has been gathered on the geographical
footprint of the virus, which has influenced the manner in which Ghana
has handled the outbreak but relaxing the public gatherings restrictions
is undecided at the moment.
“We have not taken a decision on when public gathering can resume,”
President Akufo-Addo said, when he addressed a webinar series by
President Akufo-Addo has been praised for the manner in which he has handled the outbreak of Covdi-19 in Ghana.
The country, as of April 28, 2020, has 1,671 confirmed cases of the respiratory infection, 188 recoveries and 16 deaths.
Measures, including a partial lockdown of the four hotpots of the
outbreak – Accra, Tema, Kumasi and Kasoa – has been lifted. However, a
ban on public gatherings and social distancing has been extended for
another two weeks.
President Akufo-Addo believes, an extension is necessary and
admonished the public to adhere to the directive, if the country’s
current progress is to be improved.
Addressing the over 3,000 participants who tuned into the webinar,
the President said, Ghana’s borders, which have been closed to prevent
the influx of foreigners carrying the disease into the country, will
“…that is a measure we are not about to undo anytime from now,” he stressed.
The overall picture, President Akufo-Addo noted, is that the rate of infection has remained relatively constant.
With a positivity rate of 1.58 percent, he indicated that, “we are
not seeing this large explosion that was feared for our country at the
beginning and therefore, the ability to manage those who have been
affected is much more within our means.”
Despite this, President Akufo-Addo said government is making a
significant preparation and investment in the public health system, not
just for Covid-19 but also enable it cater to the country’s health needs
as a whole.
Also, measures are being put in place to boost Ghana’s domestic
production to wean the country off heavy dependence on importation,
President Akufo-Addo said.
Speaking to the theme of the conference, ‘This isn’t the West – How
Africa’s Informal Sector Reacts to Covid-19’, President Akufo-Addo said
the attention of his government has been to adopt a Ghana-focused
approach in dealing with the disease.
He said, although tackling the virus has been a difficult and
expensive venture, “we have said that as much as possible, we should
look at the Ghanaian first.”