Ghanaians express fear about using public transport and others amid COVID-19 pandemic
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Ghanaians express fear about using public transport and others amid COVID-19 pandemic

Coronavirus is still raging across the world and one of the many concerns for people amid the pandemic is its community spread through public transport.

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As part of enhanced measures to curb the spread of the novel coronavirus, President Akufo-Addo imposed a lockdown on Greater Accra, Kasoa and Greater Kumasi.

The lockdown, which began from March 30, 2020, lasted for three weeks and was lifted on April 19, 2020.

Amid the lockdown, ‘‘all intra-city passenger vehicles, such as ‘trotros’ and taxis, must reduce the number of passengers in order to observe appropriate social distancing and hygiene protocols.’’

Also, ‘‘all commercial vehicle stations shall observe appropriate hygiene protocols and social distancing.’’

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The Government of Ghana also outlined some World Health Organisation (WHO) approved guidelines including washing of hands with soap under running water and wearing face masks to prevent the spread of the dreaded disease.

In spite of the advanced and stringent steps taken by the Government of Ghana to stem the spread of the COVID-19, some Ghanaians have emphasised that they are still not comfortable using public transport.

In a series of polls conducted via Facebook, YEN.com.gh sought to find out how the prevailing circumstance has engineered social and behavioural shift among Ghanaians.

1. Would you be comfortable using public transport during this time?

The poll which quizzed whether people would be comfortable using public transport amid the coronavirus pandemic garnered 402 responses.

Ghanaians express fear about using public transport and others amid COVID-19 pandemic

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Source: Facebook

Of the 402 participants, 313 said NO, they would not use public transport at this time while 89 said they would access public transport for their activities.

2. Another poll determined to find out how people could live on their savings within a 4-week period and whether they had any savings at all to fall on.

For how long can you live on your savings if this situation continues for a long time?

Ghanaians express fear about using public transport and others amid COVID-19 pandemic

Photo credit: YEN.com.gh/Facebook.
Source: Facebook

Responding to the poll, 240 participants said they had no savings at all while 121 said they could also survive on their current savings between 1-4 weeks. 361 people took part in the poll.

3. YEN.com.gh also sought to find out whether people follow the stay at home lockdown rule.

Out of the total number of 466 participants, 359 responded with YES while the remaining 107 respondents said NO.

Ghanaians express fear about using public transport and others amid COVID-19 pandemic

Photo credit: YEN.com.gh/Facebook.
Source: Facebook

Just recently, YEN.com.gh highlighted that amid the novel coronavirus pandemic which has impacted economies across the world and engineered a social shift, many people have been greatly affected as a result.

In an earlier report, some Ghanaians shared how they lost their jobs and detailed their experiences after YEN.com.gh sought to find out whether some people were laid off by their employers during the coronavirus lockdown.

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