COVID-19: Lockdown to be decided on by close of today – Eastern Regional Minister
Eric Kwakye Daffour - Eastern Regional Minister
The Eastern Regional Coordinating Council has said a conclusion will be made later today, Monday, April 13, 2020, to finalise measures on containing the spread of COVID-19 in the Eastern Region.
According to the authorities, strict restrictions, including a possible lockdown could be considered following the increase in confirmed cases in the region.
The Eastern Region, as of April 12, 2020, confirmed a total of 32 COVID-19 cases.
In an interview earlier, ahead of today’s deliberation, the Eastern Regional Minister, Eric Kwakye Daffour said considerations of a possible lockdown will be finalized.
“The Chief Executives in those areas have also up their games trying to bring all measures of restrictions in order to minimise the interactions between individuals and organizations. From Osudoku to Lower Manya to Akosombo, those areas are heavily populated and so the security agencies and the public health emergency service committee are working on that. But we have not declared a total lockdown yet. We are following the development so by Monday, I do strongly believe that we will be able to come out with a possible determination,” he assured.
Lower Manya Krobo’s contact tracing and new restrictions
Last week, restrictions were imposed on residents of the Lower Manya Krobo by the Municipal Assembly after 23 COVID-19 cases were detected in its municipality.
In a statement signed and issued by the assembly sited emphasis saying only persons in the food value chain will be allowed at the Agormanya market.
“All non-food sellers…would not be allowed access to Agormanya market for the next two weeks starting from Saturday 11th April to 25th April 2020 subject to review. Abolo sellers at Kpong to be regulated to the minimal level and social distancing protocol should be strictly adhered to,” the statement added.
Children under 15 will also be banned from the markets while all drinking pubs in the municipality have also been ordered to close by 8:00 pm
Security checkpoints will also be mounted at all entry points to the municipality.
Also, more than 240 people had been quarantined in the Lower Manya Krobo district at a camp known as AFCON Camp B.
According to the Eastern Regional Health Directorate, there is no report of infection outside the quarantine camp.
Within last week also, contact tracing commenced in the Kpong township after the increase of novel Coronavirus cases in the Lower Manya Krobo district.
At the national level, an additional 158 new COVID-19 cases were reported on Sunday, April 12, 2020, raising the total confirmed cases to 566.
An update by the Ghana Health Service showed that new cases were also reported in the Western and Volta regions, which now become the ninth and tenth regions respectively to confirm cases of COVID-19.
Ongoing enhanced surveillance by health authorities
Health authorities attribute the increasing number of cases to the ongoing enhanced surveillance exercise.
“As of 11 April 2020, 23:00 hrs, a total of 37,954 persons have been tested, with 566 being positive for COVID-19. The breakdown of the 566 positive cases are as follows: four (4) have been treated, discharged and tested negative, 552 cases have been categorised as mild disease on treatment, two (2) moderate to severe cases, none currently on ventilators and eight (8) have died,” the Ghana Health Service indicated on its website.
From the website dedicated to updating the public on Ghana’s situation of the coronavirus, it further indicated that:
“Of the 566 confirmed COVID-19 cases, 292 were reported from the routine surveillance, 159 from enhanced surveillance activities and 115 from travellers under mandatory quarantine in both Accra and Tamale.”
Which gender type has been largely affected?
Based on the data presented, it shows that there are currently more males infected with Coronavirus than females.