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Ghana Is The First African Country To Lift #COVID19 Lockdown

 

Ghana is the first African country to lift the Coronavirus lockdown, according to the Africa Facts Zone.

Recall that, Ghana on Monday ended its three-week lockdown on two key regions.

The West African nation’s leader said testing had improved and the measures were having a “severe” impact on the poor.

In a televised address, President Nana Akufo-Addo announced the lifting of restrictions on movement around the capital Accra and second region Kumasi

According to him, the move was being taken “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”.

“This decision to restrict movement has occasioned a number of severe difficulties for all of us across the country, especially for the poor and vulnerable,” he said in the speech late Sunday.

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Ghana has so far confirmed 1,042 infections, with nine deaths, from the novel coronavirus.

The country of around 30 million has ramped up testing and checked over 68,000 samples.

Measures including the closure of the country’s border, shuttering of schools and limiting of public gatherings remain in force.

Akufo-Addo said people were encouraged “to wear a mask wherever you go” to help contain the spread of the virus.

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