In accordance to President Nana Akuffo Addo, prevailing instances all around the COVID-19 pandemic mean that stricter actions have to be put in area to contain and halt the distribute of the virus within just our state, primarily in Accra, Tema, Kasoa and Kumasi, which have been recognized by the Ghana Wellbeing Service as the “hotspots” of the infections.
He said: “In undertaking this, we simply cannot manage to duplicate blindly, and do all the things some other perfectly-made nations are executing. There is no 1-dimensions-matches-all solution to this pandemic. We have a unique scenario in our country, and we must consider it into account in working with the ailment, whilst conference all the 6 (6) critical WHO pointers on the most successful techniques of combating the pandemic. Even though it might be said that the amount of our infections is nevertheless, somewhat, lower, if we act now purposefully, we have a opportunity of protecting against an escalation of our figures.”
So, productive 1am on Monday, 30th March, Nana Addo has imposed, pursuant to the powers granted the President of the Republic, under the Imposition of Constraints Act, 2020 (Act 1012), restrictions on motion of persons in the Better Accra Metropolitan Region (GAMA, which involves Awutu Senya East), and the Larger Kumasi Metropolitan Region and contiguous districts, for a interval of two (2) months, subject matter to evaluation.
“It will give us the prospect to try to halt the distribute of the virus, and scale-up successfully speak to tracing of persons who have occur into contact with contaminated people, check them for the virus, and, if necessary, quarantine and isolate them for procedure, need to they confirm to have the virus,” he stated.
Which parts would be affected by the partial lockdown?
In Larger Accra, the following regions will be impacted:
1. Accra Metropolis
2. Tema Metropolis
3. Tema West Municipality
4. Ledzokuku Municipality
5. Krowor Municipality
6. Adentan Municipality
7. Ashiaman Municipality
8. La-Nkwantanang-Madina Municipality
9. La-Dade-Kotopon Municipality
10. Okaikwei North Municipality
11. Ablekuma North Municipality
12. Ablekuma West Municipality
13. Ablekuma Central Municipality
14. Ayawaso East Municipality
15. Ayawaso North Municipality
16. Ayawaso West Municipality
17. Ayawaso Central Municipality
18. Ga West Municipality
19. Ga North Municipality
20. Ga Central Municipality
21. Ga South Municipality
22. Ga East Municipality
23. Korle-Klottey Municipality
24. Weija/Gbawe Municipality
25. Kpone Katamanso Municipality and
26. Awutu Senya East Municipality.
In the Increased Kumasi Metropolitan Area and contiguous districts, the pursuing parts are affected:
1. Kumasi Metropolis
2. Asokwa Municipality
3. Suame Municipality
4. Previous Tafo Municipality
5. Oforikrom Municipality
6. Asokore Mampong Municipality
7. Kwadaso Municipality
8. Atwima Nwabiagya Municipality
9. Kwabre East Municipality
10. Ejisu Municipality
11. Afigya-Kwabre South District
12. Bosomtwi District
13. Atwima Kwanwoma District and
14. Atwima Nwabiagya North District.
What does the partial lockdown in these regions necessarily mean?
This, in essence, indicates that all people resident in these areas need to stay at household for the next two weeks. Nonetheless, if you should go out, it should only be to get vital goods these as meals, medicine, drinking water, undertake banking transactions, or to use community rest room amenities. But, as a great deal as possible, continue to be at house.
This means that financial institutions meals marts, pharmacies, general public bogs etc are predicted to open up and operate throughout the time period!
Can you vacation or use transportation throughout the partial lockdown?
There shall be, through this interval, no inter-city movement of cars and aircrafts for personal or professional reasons for the regions of the restrictive steps, except for motor vehicles and aircrafts offering essential companies and people carrying cargo. Riders of motorbikes are not allowed to have any further individual, and all intra-town passenger automobiles, this kind of as trotros and taxis, ought to decrease the number of passengers in buy to observe appropriate social distancing and cleanliness protocols.
Furthermore, all commercial motor vehicle stations shall notice suitable cleanliness protocols and social distancing. The Ministry of Transport has engaged the transportation operators and unions in this regard. The Ministry of Area Federal government and Rural Improvement has also engaged with the Metropolitan, Municipal and District Assemblies and the leaders of the current market associations in the place to make satisfactory arrangements about the operation of the markets that ensure observance of social distancing and increased cleanliness protocols. In any event, only people associated in the meals worth chain can function in the marketplaces in the course of this interval.
Which people are expected to do the job all through the partial lockdown?
Men and women and institutions giving the pursuing providers shall be exempted from the limits:
i Customers of the Executive, Legislature and the Judiciary
ii production, distribution and marketing and advertising of foodstuff, beverages, prescription drugs, medicine, paper and plastic packages
iii environmental and sanitation routines
iv personnel of VALCO
v road and railway construction personnel
vi mining staff
viii associates of the protection companies assigned lawful responsibilities
ix personnel of energy, drinking water, telecommunications, e-commerce and electronic company companies and
x workers of fuel stations.
Enforcement of the partial lockdown
To accelerate the get hold of tracing approach, and be certain curtailing the spread of the virus in the shortest time, the armed forces and police would be utilised to assist well being authorities to expedite the method.
Nana Addo commented “We will also go after a policy of testing ALL CONTACTS of persons analyzed favourable.The afflicted regions, and, certainly, all other locations have earmarked designated isolation and cure centres for the management of suspected and verified cases, as perfectly as the assortment of amenities for obligatory quarantine is staying carried out. An intensive public health and fitness education and learning and group consciousness on social distancing and hand washing will be carried out.”