- The central market in Kumasi has been closed down just hours after the president lifted the partial lockdown
- The closure was carried out by authorities of the Kumasi Metropolitan Assembly due to a non-compliance to the protocols that would prevent the spread of COVID-19
- Government's decision to lift the ban on movement has stirred controversy in various forms
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The Kumasi Central Market has been closed down by authorities of the Kumasi Metropolitan Assembly due to a non-compliance to the social distancing protocols.
A report sighted by YEN.com.gh on Starrfm.com.gh indicates that there were many people packed at the market who were not wearing gloves or masks, and had no regard for the social distancing protocols.
It is not clearly stated when the market would be reopened and how it would be ensured that the traders comply with the appropriate protocols to prevent the spread of the novel coronavirus.
The closure of the market comes just hours after Nana Addo's lift on the lockdown takes effect in the affected areas of the country, on this 20th day of April 2020.
It is thought that in a way, putting a stop to the trading activities at the market defeats the purpose of the government to lift the partial lockdown.
However, at the same time, it appears to be in line with the ban on social gatherings of more than 25 people, which is still in full force in the country.
It would be recalled that President Nana Akufo-Addo instituted a partial lockdown to help contain the spread of COVID-19, starting Monday, March 30, 2020.
Just a few weeks on, with multiples of new COVID-19 cases being recorded and pushing Ghana's figures to 1042, the president came back to lift the lockdown, amidst the controversies it brings up.
Meanwhile, Samuel Okudzeto Ablakwa, the Member of Parliament for the North Tongu in the Volta region, has said that President Nana Akufo-Addo chose politics over science over the lockdown issue related to COVID-19.
In a Facebook post the NDC MP made and sighted by YEN.com.gh, Samuel Okudzeto Ablakwa mentioned categorically that his statement is backed by emphasis from experts on the subject.
Although the honourable legislator did not disclose which expert, in particular, he was referring to, he sounded sure that the president's decision to lift the lockdown is proof that he chose politics over science.
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