Inasmuch as individuals would not want to catch the deadly coronavirus otherwise known as COVID-19, certain directives do not sit well with them.
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In a bid to control the spread of the virus, government initially started with a suspension of all social gatherings and then to a partial lockdown down, which definitely affected certain groups of people.
YEN.com.gh has compiled a list of 6 groups of people who are not particularly thrilled about this directive being enforced in order to keep safe.
1. Street Hawkers
These people could be classified as low-income earners. They mostly ply their trade in heavy vehicular traffic areas to sell their wares. These people who mostly sell plantain chips, 'kosua ne moko', chewing gum, ice cream and what have you, would greatly be affected since the money they make is usually from hand to mouth. This 'stay at home' directive would definitely hit them hard.
Most parents with kids of school-going age inasmuch as they need to adhere to this directive, mostly find it hard leaving their children at home to go to work. With little or no supervision, parents with no help at all probably are unhappy about this directive and are praying for a cure to be found for this deadly virus.
3. Food vendors
Even though the president in his fourth address to the nation clearly stated that those in the food supply chain business were not part of the lockdown restrictions, most of them have chosen not to sell for various reasons. This is because those who patronise their food have decided to stay at home to prevent the spread of the COVID-19.
This group of people would also be affected by the lockdown and 'stay at home' directive. Due to the inability of most people to visit markets and grocery shops easily, selling their wares would become quite a problem. Those who would be badly affected are those who sell perishable goods.
5. Head porters
This group of people popularly known in our local parlance as 'kayayei', would find it hard surviving in these not-so-normal times. With no proper place to sleep and no promise of the next meal, they live their lives carrying items for people who come to the markets to shop.
Definitely there would be no way to go about their daily activity since there would be little or no persons in town.
Immediately President Akufo-Addo announced on March 15, 2020, that there would be no social gatherings, some men of God registered their displeasure. They wanted the president to consider his directive on the ban on social gathering. They, however, accepted the directive because, in the end, it would help in curtailing the spread of the coronavirus.
Meanwhile, former president John Dramani Mahama, has underscored the need for Ghanaians to stay at home even if their area is not affected by the lockdown restrictions due to the coronavirus.
He pleaded with Ghanaians to stay at home in order to stop the person to person spread of the virus.
Mahama called on citizens to observe the lockdown religiously and to obey measures outlined by the government to curtail the spread of the coronavirus.
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