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.
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.