President Akufo-Addo to make movement-restriction decision as Ghana expects 15,000 test results

Ghana’s President, Nana Akufo-Addo, has said the results of the coronavirus tests expected this week will determine his next action with regards to restriction in some parts of the country.

According to the President, the country is poised to enter a critical stage in its battle against the coronavirus, thus government’s decision on whether or not to extend the two-weeks restriction of movement be based on laboratory test results of 15,384 of the 19,276 persons traced to have had contact with COVID-19 patients.

President Akufo-Addo who addressed the nation in his fifth national update, said “We are, thus, about to enter a critical phase in our fight in the coming week as the Ghana Health Service is due to receive the results of some fifteen thousand, three hundred and eighty-four (15,384) out of nineteen thousand, two hundred and seventy-six (19,276) persons who have been reached through contact tracing. It is the results of these tests that will determine our future course of action.

“So, in the course of the coming week, a determination will be made as to whether or not to extend the duration of the two-week restriction on movement and the implementation or otherwise of any more enhanced measures to deal with the virus,” the President said.

The president also announced a three-months free water for all Ghanaians as parts of efforts to tackle the spread of the disease.

As of April 5, 2020, a total of 214 positive cases of coronavirus have been confirmed. Out of the number, three persons have fully recovered, 49 have been discharged and are receiving care from home while five have lost their lives to the disease.

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