President Akufo-Addo has imposed a two-week partial lockdown on Accra, Tema, Kasoa, and Kumasi from Monday, March 30, 2020, beginning 1 am.
These cities, which have been identified as the epicenters of the novel coronavirus in Ghana have been shut down as part of efforts to curb the spread of the disease
Ghana currently has a total number of 137 recorded cases, with four deaths and two recoveries.
President Nana Akufo-Addo, in a national address on Friday, March 27, 2020, stated that “effective 1 is on Monday, 30th March, some forty-eight hours from now, I have imposed, pursuant to the powers granted the President of the Republic, under the Imposition of Restrictions Act, 2020 (Act 1012), restrictions on the movement of persons in the Greater Accra Metropolitan Area (GAMA, which includes Awutu Senya East), and the Greater Kumasi Metropolitan Area and contiguous districts, for a period of two (2) weeks, subject to review.”
He said the decision “will give us the opportunity to try to halt the spread of the virus, and scale-up effectively contact tracing of persons who have come into contact with infected persons, test them for the virus, and, if necessary, quarantine and isolate them for treatment, should they prove to have the virus.”
He, however, made exemptions to this directive. Some essential service providers will not be forced to lockdown.
The list of services to be exempted from the restrictions as announced by President Akufo-Addo are as follows:
Members of the Executive, Legislature and the Judiciary;
Production, distribution, and marketing of food, beverages, pharmaceuticals, medicine, paper, and plastic packages.
Environmental and sanitation activities;
Road and Railway construction workers;
Members of the security agencies assigned lawful duties;
The staff of electricity, water, telecommunications, e-commerce, and digital service providers; and
Fuel station staff.
The Minister of Information subsequently took to Twitter to explain that journalist is also part of those exempted from the restrictions.
Full list of affected areas
In Greater Accra, the following areas will be affected:
1. Accra Metropolis;
2. Tema Metropolis;
3. Tema West Municipality;
4. Ledzokuku Municipality;
5. Krowor Municipality;
6. Adentan Municipality;
7. Ashiaman Municipality;
8. La-Nkwantanang-Madina Municipality;
9. La-Dade-Kotopon Municipality;
10. Okaikwei North Municipality;
11. Ablekuma North Municipality;
12. Ablekuma West Municipality;
13. Ablekuma Central Municipality;
14. Ayawaso East Municipality;
15. Ayawaso North Municipality;
16. Ayawaso West Municipality;
17. Ayawaso Central Municipality
18. Ga West Municipality;
19. Ga North Municipality;
20. Ga Central Municipality;
21. Ga South Municipality;
22. Ga East Municipality;
23. Korle-Klottey Municipality;
24. Weija/Gbawe Municipality;
25. Kpone Katamanso Municipality; and
26. Awutu Senya East Municipality.
In the Greater Kumasi Metropolitan Area and contiguous districts, the following areas are affected:
1. Kumasi Metropolis;
2. Asokwa Municipality;
3. Suame Municipality;
4. Old Tafo Municipality;
5. Oforikrom Municipality;
6. Asokore Mampong Municipality;
7. Kwadaso Municipality;
8. Atwima Nwabiagya Municipality;
9. Kwabre East Municipality;
10. Ejisu Municipality;
11. Afigya-Kwabre South District;
12. Bosomtwi District;
13. Atwima Kwanwoma District; and
14. Atwima Nwabiagya North District