Government is pondering extension of the two-week restriction on movement in the four areas under partial lockdown as the country awaits more test results of the Coronavirus.

Residents in Accra, Tema, Kasoa and Kumasi have been under partial lockdown in the last week, hoping for respite when the restriction elapses on Monday 13th April, 2020.

The results of 15,384 out of 19,276 persons who have been reached through contact tracing are set to be released and the nation is bracing up for a course of action.

Contact tracing efforts have been ramped over the course of the past week with contacts of every confirmed case of COVID-19 being listed, monitored and tracked.

Contacts at homes and places of work of confirmed cases are also being tested for symptoms of the disease.

Meanwhile, persons within localities of confirmed cases have been offered the opportunity to undergo voluntary testing to ascertain the extent of community spread.

President Nana Addo Dankwwa Akufo-Addo has therefore cautioned the country is about to enter a critical phase in the fight against the virus in the weeks ahead.

The President addressed the nation on Sunday to provide updates on the implementation of enhanced measures against the spread of the pandemic.

Government’s policy and measures, he said, will continue to be driven by science and stressed that the Ghana Academy of Arts and Sciences and the Centre for Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR) are partnering the administration in the struggle.

“In the course of the coming week, a determination will be made as to whether or not to extend the duration of the two-week restriction on movement, and the implementation or otherwise of any more enhanced measures to deal with the virus.”

“I have, however, by Executive Instrument, extended the closure of our borders for two more weeks until further notice.”

“The data tell us that the overwhelming majority of confirmed cases came from travellers or from people who have come into contact with travelers,” he stated.

President Akufo-Addo urged for continued patience, support, vigilance, and adherence to the measures.
He appealed to Ghanaians to play their part to enhance the collective effort at containing the spread of the virus to ensure a quick lifting of the restrictions and returning the country to normalcy.