Vice President of IMANI Africa, Bright Simons has cautioned the Akufo-Addo-led government to be conscious and think through very well, any decision to lock down the country.
This comes as the country’s confirmed COVID-19 cases shoot up to 19.
According to Bright Simons, a highly placed source at the Presidency informed him that President Akufo-Addo, upon advice from the National Security Council, will place the country on lockdown effective tomorrow, March 22, 2020.
Taking to his Twitter handle to express his views, Bright Simons warned the government not to copy blindly from developed countries that used the lockdown approach because that may create problems for Ghanaians taking into consideration our way of life.
He admitted that though the country is going through unprecedented times, he believes there are other alternatives to be adopted by government to prevent the spread of the virus other than locking down the nation.
Highly placed sources: Ghana's Prez advised by Natl Secu Council to commence lockdown from tomorrow. We all agree that these are unprecedented times. But this is not the time to copy blindly. "Lockdown" must mean very specific things in an African context. Nothing generic.
— Bright Simons (@BBSimons) March 21, 2020
Ghana has confirmed 3 additional cases of the deadly COVID-19. This brings the country’s total cases to 19 with no deaths.
The country’s 17th case is said to be a 55-year-old Ghanaian woman who resides in the United Kingdom but returned to Ghana about two weeks ago. After showing symptoms and getting tested, the results came out positive in the laboratory.
The 18th case is also a Ghanaian lady resident in the UK. The 84-year-old lady came to Ghana within the past two (2) weeks and developed symptoms. Laboratory tests of her sample confirmed the coronavirus.
A 27-year-old Chinese male who returned to Ghana and travelled to the Ashanti Region in the past two weeks developed symptoms and sample confirmed positive in the laboratory.