EXCLUSIVE: President Akufo-Addo summons cabinet for emergency meeting on easing of restrictions

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ABC News can exclusively report that President of the republic, Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo has summoned cabinet ministers to an emergency meeting to deliberate on whether or not to ease restrictions on social gathering in the coming week.

The move has become necessary due to the growing demands from a number of stakeholders who insist it may be time for such restrictions to be eased.

A number of them, according to our information, have already presented roadmaps as to how they intend to observe all social distance protocols once the restrictions on public gathering are eased.

On the other hand, there’s also a fierce resistance to any such decision to ease restrictions flowing from the sustained increase in the number of COVID-19 cases in the country, albeit with dwindling daily numbers.

President Akufo-Addo is set to, together with his cabinet, take what some have described as arguably the biggest decision of his presidency as the country awaits an announcement on the way forward amid the COVID-19 pandemic.

The crunch meeting which is to be held at the chamber of the seat of the Presidency at Jubilee House Friday afternoon follows nearly 2 weeks of engagements with various stakeholder groups and a series of national conversations about what it takes to live with the virus.

The President is said to be in a rather reflective mood ahead of the emergency cabinet meeting as he mulls over the implications of whichever decision is finally arrived at.

The President on Sunday, March 15, 2020, imposed various restrictions on the country as part of measures to curb the spread of the novel coronavirus.

The restrictions among others included a partial lockdown of the Greater Accra, Greater Kumasi and Kasoa areas, a ban on public gatherings, and closure of borders and schools.

But three weeks after the announcement of the restrictions, the partial lockdown was lifted with an admonishing for the general citizenry to abide by safety protocols put in place to prevent the spread of the disease.

The decision by the President, despite being met with mixed reactions, brought life back to markets and commercial districts.

In all of this, the closure of borders, a ban on religious activities, schools, bars, and funerals remain in force.

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