- The president of Ghana addressed the nation again on March 27, 2020
- This counts as the 4th time he has spoken to the country regarding measures to be taken in a bid to combat COVID-19
- YEN.com.gh has made a compilation of the top 7 that would be highly important for the everyday Ghanaian
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President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo addressed the nation for the fourth time on the evening of March 27, 2020, giving new directives on measures to be taken to battle COVID-19.
YEN.com.gh has made a compilation of the top seven for the appreciation of the cherished readers.
1. President Akufo-Addo declared the lockdown on for 14 days
The president indicated that the restrictions on the movement of persons in all the affected areas he later mentioned would last for two weeks which is 14 days, but this can be changed if the need be.
2. The lockdown does not affect the whole country but only parts of major cities in Ghana
The affected parts include the Greater Accra Metropolitan Area (GAMA, which include Awutu Senya East) and the Greater Kumasi Metropolitan Area and contiguous districts, for two (2) weeks or 14 days subject to review.
3. A whopping 2,000 people would be employed to help in the fight
According to the president, 1,000 community health workers and 1,000 volunteers would be recruited to help fight the outbreak of the novel coronavirus in the country.
4. There has been a strategic lockdown of roads at vital points to avoid inter-city spread of COVID-19
There shall be, during this period, no inter-city movement of vehicles and aircraft for private or commercial purposes for the areas of the restrictive measures, except for vehicles and aircrafts providing essential services and those carrying cargo.
5. The lockdown does not apply for people in search of essential goods and services
Akufo-Addo states that everyone resident in the affected areas must stay at home for the next two weeks or 14 days.
However, going out would be allowed to get essential items such as food, water, medicine, undertake banking transactions, or to use public toilet facilities. "But, as much as possible, stay at home," he said
6. Commercial road-users such as trotro drivers and riders of motorbikes must reduce the number they take
Riders of motorbikes are not allowed to carry any additional person, and all intra-city passenger vehicles, such as trotros and taxis, shall reduce the number of passengers to observe appropriate social distancing and hygiene protocols.
7. The lockdown does not apply to everyone in the affected areas. The president listed those exempted.
Individuals and institutions providing the following services shall be exempted from the restrictions:
Members of the Executive, Legislature and the Judiciary; production, distribution and marketing of food, beverages, pharmaceuticals, medicine, paper and plastic packages. Environmental and sanitation activities and VALCO staff.
Others include road and railway construction workers; mining workers; fisherfolk; members of the security agencies assigned lawful duties; the staff of electricity, water, telecommunications, e-commerce and digital service providers; and fuel stations staff.
In other news, a Ghanaian gentleman Opoku Ababio and his wife Dorothy Opoku along with three other accomplices have been arrested for making and selling fake hand sanitizers.
In a video report sighted YEN.com.gh on the official Facebook handle of Joy FM, the illegal hand sanitizer manufacturing unit was at a suburb of Techiman where all the five suspects were arrested.
Ghana as a country is witnessing a shortage in hand sanitizers following the outbreak of the coronavirus pandemic in the country which requires constant washing of hands or use of hand sanitizers.
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