Ghana Becomes First African Country to End Lockdown

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According to reports, the streets of Accra came to life on Monday, a day after Ghana’s President, Nana Akufo-Addo, announced the end of a 3-week lockdown in the capital and the city of Kumasi.

While some Ghanaians were relieved to get back to work, others were left worried after the country became the first in Africa to lift the coronavirus lockdown. 

Ghana had reported 1 042 confirmed infections, with 9 deaths reportedly due to the novel coronavirus.

The country of approximately 30 million citizens has ramped up testing and checked over 68,000 samples.

Reports say President Akufo-Addo announced the lifting of restrictions late on Sunday, saying the decision was taken “in view of our ability to undertake aggressive contact tracing of infected people, the enhancement of our capacity to test, the expansion in the numbers of our treatment and isolation centres”.

“This decision to restrict movement has occasioned a number of severe difficulties for all of us across the country, especially for the poor and vulnerable,” he said. 

However reports state that around the capital, there was plenty of criticism for the decision to ease restrictions.