Ghana’s president Nana Akufo-Addo has lifted  COVID-19 lockdown citing improved coronavirus testing and the severe impact of the restrictions on the poor and vulnerable in the country. The country has 1,042 total cases, nine deaths, 99 recoveries and 934 active cases.

The move makes Ghana one of the first country in Africa and a few countries in the world to have lifted restrictions amid the COVID-19 pandemic. Easing the preventive restrictions was “in view of our ability to undertake aggressive contact tracing of infected persons,” quoted President Nana Akufo-Addo said.

“Lifting these restrictions does not mean we are letting our guard down, I am demanding even greater adherence to these measures.” he said. 

While educational facilities still remain closed, businesses have been allowed to operate conditionally.Businesses and other workplaces can continue to operate, observing staff management and workplace protocols with the view to achieving social distancing and hygiene protocols,” He added.

The 3-weeks- long lockdown had been imposed in the capital Accra, as well as Kumasi, Tema, and Kasoa cities.

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