Covid-19: Ghana lifts lockdown, as testing capacity improves

<> at Various Locations on April 20, 2018 in London, England.

Ghanaian President, Nana Akufo-Addo has relaxed the lockdown in two cities, citing improved coronavirus testing and the “severe” impact of the restrictions on the poor and vulnerable in the country.

The President’s directive permits Nonessential businesses in Accra and Kumasi, the country’s two largest cities, to re-open on Monday and residents can return to work, however they must observe social distancing.

In a televised address on Sunday, Akufo-Addo said the decision did not mean the government was letting its guard down, saying existing bans on public gatherings and school closure were still in place.

He urged Ghanaians to wear masks when going outside and to continue adhering to social distancing measures in public places.

Ghana has confirmed 1,042 cases, and nine people have died, according to Ghana’s Disease Surveillance Department on Monday.

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