‘Cards remain on table’ for possible lockdown—Kojo Oppong Nkrumah
Government is still exploring options in containing the spread of the novel coronavirus disease (COVID-19) in order to safeguard lives, the Minister of Information, Kojo Oppong Nkrumah has said.
According to him, all cards still remain on the table for consideration whether there would be a possible lockdown or not.
Speaking in a press conference in Accra on Thursday, the Minister noted that a re-imposition of restrictions in some areas or further easing would all be determined by the outcomes as the nation observe them moving forward.
“In terms of the possibility of the reintroduction of restrictions, we have always said that all cards remain on the table,” he said.
Mr Nkrumah indicated that the government would fully take decision when he observed how people comply with the current movement easing.
“As the analysis goes on, how we have complied with this bit of the easing will inform the next line of action,” he added.
These comments came on calls for localised lockdowns after the continued spike in COVID-19 cases which has put Ghana over the 18,000 mark for cases.
Lift of movement restrictions
President Akufo-Addo lifted the partial lockdown on some parts of the country on April 19.
The partial lockdown was necessitated by the spread of the novel coronavirus.
Accra, Tema, Kumasi and Kasoa had been under a partial lockdown for a three week period in which Ghana’s coronavirus case count was at 1,042.
Ghana’s coronavirus case count had reached 8,070 when the President further eased restrictions on public gatherings on May 31.
Religious gatherings, schools, weddings among others resumed partially under strict conditions.
Churches and mosques were to allow only 100 congregants while schools are to open for final year students.
The cap on participants for private burials has also been raised to 100 persons.
The latest update from the Ghana Health Service indicates that 20,085 have tested positive for the virus.
This comes after the country recorded 697 new cases.
From the positive cases, 122 have been recorded dead whiles 14, 870 persons have recovered.
Currently, the nation is engaged in a voter registration exercise ahead of the 2020 general elections.