The world has been hit coldly by a strange virus dubbed coronavirus. It is having a toll on more than two-thirds of countries across the world.
Ghana not being an oasis far removed from the global community, has had its fair share of the venom unleashed by this deadly COVID-19 outbreak.
As at the time of going to bed yesterday, 152 cases, according to the Ghana Health Service, had been recorded with 5 persons succumbing to the deadly virus.
President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo, in the embryonic stages of this pandemic, instituted several measures and reviewed same as and when the need arose all in an effort to stem the spread of the virus.
On Friday, 27th March, 2020, in an address to the nation at 11 o’clock, President Akufo-Addo
outlined new but drastic measures that would help to minimize the spread of the virus and for those recorded to be easily contained and worked on.
Key amongst the measures was a partial lockdown of Accra, Tema and Kumasi where he described as ‘hotspots’ of the virus’ spread.
People within these areas are to generally stay home and not engage in activities which have the potential of aggravating the situation we find ourselves in.
No vehicles should leave or enter these cities from outside, vehicles should ensure that lesser number of passengers are carried, amongst others.
The lockdown officially took effect this dawn at exactly 1am. The security agencies will be patrolling the various vicinities which fall under the lockdown project. They are to ensure that people comply with the directives to the hilt.
It is at this juncture that we appeal to Ghanaians in these affected areas to adhere strictly to the President’s order. Stopping movement stalls the virus, promoting movement enhances the spread of the virus into several areas.
The President couldn’t have put it better when he said, “We know what to do to bring back the economy. What we do not know is how to bring people back to life”.
This profound statement from President Akufo-Addo should be our guiding principle as we observe the lockdown rules to the latter.
Stay Home. Avoid the Spread
Source: ABC Newspaper