COVID-19: Will there be a possible Lockdown in Ghana?
Recording two confirmed cases of COVID-19 at the early stage, Ghana has now recorded 136 confirmed COVID-19 cases and three deaths with more cases expected as those quarantined awaits their results.
Following the surge at which cases have been recorded, a number of stakeholders have called on the government to institute a lockdown in the country as part of measures to prevent the spread of the virus.
However, the president yesterday announced that his government his holding extensive consultations to look at the implications of such a decision before the government arrives at such a decision.
Meanwhile, it is presumed that a lockdown is likely to take place soon in some major regions in the country. The possible lockdown may affect places like Accra, Tema, Kumasi, and Obuasi where the confirmed cases have been recorded the most.
It is also expected that the lockdown will be a partial one affecting normal office workers, corporate institutions and others while markets will be opened to sell food only, pharmacies will be allowed to work and also public toilet facilities will be made accessible to all.
The virus has swept across the world, killing thousands and forcing millions into quarantine.
Why a lockdown is necessary in Ghana
Some African countries like South Africa after recording nearly 1000 confirmed cases with two deaths announced a three-week lockdown commencing today, Friday 27th March 2020.
President Cyril Ramaphosa announced that "This is unprecedented, not only in our democracy but also in the history of our country, that we will have a lockdown for 21 days to go out and wage war against an invisible enemy, coronavirus," he said.
People have to stay at home except for circumstances such as going food shopping, seeking medical care or collecting welfare payments.
Others include Rwanda and Tunisia that are part of the African countries to initiate a lockdown in their countries to prevent the spread of the virus.
Although the lockdown is expected to exacerbate the country’s economy, some experts believe it is a step in the right direction to curb the spread of the virus.