The President of Ghana, Nana Akufo-Addo while addressing the people of Ghana from Jubilee House, regarding the new development measures taken to combat Corona Virus on National Tv announced that effective from Monday, 30th March, 2020 at 1am under the imposition of Restrictions Act, 2020 (Act 1012) of the country’s constitution.
There will be restrictions on movement of Persons in the Greater Accra Metropolitan Area (GAMA, which include Awutu Senya East ), and the Greater Kumasi Metropolitan Area and to the contiguous districts, for a period of two (2) weeks or 14 days subject to review.
The president said it will give the opportunity to hold the spread of the Corona virus and scale up effective contacts tracing of persons who came in contact with the effected person.
“Test them for the virus and if necessary quarantine and isolate them for treatment so they prove to
have the virus,” he added.
In Greater Accra, the following areas will be affected:
- Accra Metropolis
- Tema Metropolis
- Tema West
- Okaikwei North
- Ablekuma North
- Ablekuma West
- Ablekuma Central
- Ayawaso East
- Ayawaso North
- Ayawaso West
- Ayawaso Central
- Ga North
- Ga West
- Ga South
- Ga Central
- Ga East
- Kpone Katamanso
- Awutu Senya East
In the Greater Kumasi Metropolitan Area the following areas are affected:
- Kumasi Metropolis;
- Old Tafo
- Asokore Mampong
- Atwima Nwabiagya
- Kwabre East
- Afigya-Kwabre South
- Atwima Kwanwoma
- Atwima Nwabiagya North
This in essence means that every resident in these areas must stay at home for the next two weeks or 14 days. However, if you must go out, it must only be to get essential items such as food, water, Medicine, undertake banking transactions, or to use public toilet facilities. But, as much as Possible, stay at, home.
- There shall be, during this period, no inter-city movement of vehicles and aircraft for private or commercial purposes for the areas of the restrictive measures, except for vehicles and Aircraft’s providing essential services and those carrying cargo.
- Riders of motorbikes are not allowed to carry any additional person, and all intra-city passenger Vehicles, such as trotros and taxis, must reduce the number of passengers in order to observe appropriate social distancing and hygiene protocols.
- All commercial vehicle stations shall observe appropriate hygiene protocols and socio distancing.
The Ministry of Local government and rural development in the metropolitan and municipal district assemblies and also to the leaders of the market associations in the country are to make Satisfactory arrangements about the operations of the markets for social distancing and enhance hygiene protocols that should be observed. The ministry of transport should also engage the transport operatives and union in this regard.
In an event, only person involved in the food value chain can operate in the market during this period.
Individuals and institutions providing the following services shall be exempted from the restrictions:
- 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;
- VALCO staff
- Road and Railway construction workers;
- Mining workers
- Fisher folk;
- Members of the security agencies assigned lawful duties;
- The staff of electricity, water, telecommunications, e-commerce
- and digital service providers; and
- Fuel stations staff.
We’ve succeeded in hunting anymore importation of the virus into our country and i thank the overwhelming majority of you for the hearing to the good hygiene and social distancing protocols announced in my first broadcast.
However, prevailing circumstances means restricted measures have to be put in place to contain and hold the spread of the virus within our country, especially in Accra, Tema, Kumasi, Kasua.
Ghana’s health service identified these areas as the hotspot of the infection, and in doing this, we cannot afford to copy blindly and to do all the things some other world developed countries are doing, there is no one side fixed all approach to this pandemic. We have a unique situation in our country and we must take it to our account in dealing with the disease.
These affected areas, and indeed all other regions, have designated isolation and treatment centers for handling suspected and confirmed cases, as well as the selection of facilities for mandatory quarantine and intensive public health education and community awareness of social distancing in hand washing will be carried out.
Let me also retrain that the ban on public gatherings,
Religious or Social gatherings is still in form. Anyone irrespective of status, Religion, or Ethnicity who’s found to flattening them will be dealt with fully in accordance with the law.
The security services have been unclothed with the necessary power to enforce this measures and i assure you they would do so responsibly but without fear of failure, ill will or menace.
I urge all of you to be patient with these additional measures as they are carried out in the interest of all of us and hopefully only for a short time. These additional measures together with those earlier announced are what will help us defeat the Corona virus and we must be united in our determination and efforts to overcome this trial.
We are aware that there will be discomfort and difficulties for all of us over the next couple of weeks but as a responsive government we will continue to implement bold measures to maintain the impact of the Corona virus on business and households and to ensure the job losses are minimized. We are in this together and the government will stand by you.