Ghana is set to go into a lock down in two of its main metropolitan regions from Monday, in efforts to curb the spread of Covid-19.
The directive by President Nana Akufo-Ado comes as the country’s confirmed cases rose to 141 as of Saturday.
The lock down will restrict movement in the Greater Accra Metropolitan Area and the Greater Kumansi Metropolitan Area
The president added that “there shall be, during this period, no inter-city movement of vehicles and aircrafts for private or commercial purposes.. except for vehicles and aircrafts providing essential services and those carrying cargo.”
President Akufo-Addo intimated that the decision was not taken lightly, rallying his countrymen to follow the directives issued to minimize transmission cases.
In a tweet sent out on Saturday, the president said “we know how to bring the economy back to life. What we do not know is how to bring people back to life.”
— Nana Akufo-Addo (@NAkufoAddo) March 28, 2020
Ghana has already closed schools, suspended public events and banned large gatherings.
Another African country that will also go on a 21-day total lock down starting on Monday 30 is Zimbabwe as announced by President Emmerson Mnangagwa on Friday.
He said the decision came after government was advised that the country faced “continued potential grave threats” despite having recorded only five confirmed cases of Covid-19 as of Thursday.