Possible lockdown extension looms as Ghana enters ‘critical’ stage in COVID-19 fight

President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo

A possible extension of the current partial lockdown in some parts of the country will be known by the end of this week, the President has said.

President Nana Akufo-Addo said the decision to extend the lockdown will be based on the results of the over 19,000 tests that have been conducted on persons who came into contact with some coronavirus patients.

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Addressing the nation Sunday, the President assured Ghanaians the decision will be data-driven and backed by science.

Ghana has currently recorded 214 cases of coronavirus infection with a possible increase in the coming days.

The President said at least 15,385 out of 19,276 contact persons had been reached through the enhanced contact tracing and their samples have been taken for the test.

“We are, thus about to enter a critical phase of our fight in the coming week, as the Ghana Health Service is due to receive the results of some 15,385 out of 19,276 persons who have been reached through contact tracing,” President Akufo-Addo said.

He noted: “It is the results of these tests that will determine our future course of action. Government’s policy and measures will be driven by the science in this matter.”

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