COVID-19: Police prepare for possible lockdown: Ghanaians convinced

COVID-19: Police prepare for possible lockdown: Ghanaians convinced

Information reaching YEN.com.gh indicates that, the Ghana Police Service is preparing for a possible lockdown of the country.

A wireless message sighted by YEN.com.gh from the Ghana Police Service direct all operational unit commanders and personnel to be on standby.

The message, signed by Commisioner of Police in charge of administration, George Akuffo Dampare also requested that all personnel on leave are suspended with immediate effect.

The wireless message has however got people talking of a possible lockdown of the country probably by tomorrow, March 28, 2020.

COVID-19: Police prepare for possible lockdown: draft strategy (photos)

Source: UGC
Source: UGC

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A restricted operation order circulating on social media indicates that there could be a possible lockdown of major cities like Accra, Tema, Kumasi and Obuasi to contain the spread.

As to how such a sensitive police document started circulating in WhatsApp groups, YEN.com.gh has no idea.

COVID-19: Police prepare for possible lockdown: Ghanaians convinced

Source: UGC
Source: UGC

COVID-19: Police prepare for possible lockdown: Ghanaians convinced

Source: UGC
Source: UGC

COVID-19: Police prepare for possible lockdown: Ghanaians convinced

Source: UGC
Source: UGC

These documents go to confirm the rumors going round by many Ghanaians that the president could at any point in time, announce a full or partial lockdown to stop the spread of the novel coronavirus.

There have been many calls from health experts and Ghanaians for the government to enforce a lockdown to curtail the spread of the COVID-19.

The Ghana Medical Association, in a news release, called on the government to ensure that it enforces a lockdown which according to them was the only means to stop the spread.

However, in a press conference occasionally held by the Ministry of information, the sector minister, Kojo Oppong Nkrumah stated that the suggestion by the GMA was not far-fetched and could be considered if the need be.

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Meanwhile, politician, entrepreneur and on-screen actor John Dumelo, has expressed his concerns on how petty traders, street hawkers and persons working in the informal sector would survive, should the government enforce a lockdown. Dumelo holds the view that such people mentioned would be at a disadvantage since their sources of income will be greatly affected.

In a Facebook post sighted by YEN.com.gh, Dumelo suggested what the government could consider doing should there be a lockdown.

He suggested that electricity and water tariffs for the period of lockdown be reduced.

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