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Prez Akufo-Addo Extends Lockdown Restrictions On Social Gathering By Two Weeks



President Akufo-Addo has extended the lockdown restrictions on social gathering by two weeks.


This according to the President forms part of measures at combating and reducing the spread of coronavirus among the citizenry in the country.


In his 8th Address to the Nation on measures taken against the spread of Coronavirus, he said “I have, accordingly, by Executive Instrument, extended for another two (2) weeks the suspension of all public and social gatherings, as set out in E.I 64 of 15th March 2020, effective tomorrow, 1 am, Monday, 27th April”


He added that this directive was based on a consensus supported by data and science adding that he has met with some stakeholders to discuss on how to resolve the existing issues and restrictions on public gatherings.


The President further hinted that the meeting forms part of the Nation’s sacrifices and measures at defeating the deadly coronavirus pandemic which has gained grounds in the country.

“I met with the Chairperson and Members of the Council of State, the President and Members of the Standing Committee of the National House of Chiefs, representatives of organised labour, i.e. the leadership of the Trades Union Congress, the leadership of the Christian Community, the leadership of the Muslim Community, the President and Executive Committee of the Ghana Medical Association, representatives and leaders of the Media” he revealed.


President Akufo-Addo added that the leadership of the National Union of Ghana Students (NUGS), and its affiliated associations were also not left out of the meeting.


The President also applauded Commercial Drivers (Trotro, Taxis, Buses) for operating with limited number of passengers.


He also commended Supermarkets such as Palace, Shoprite and Melcom for implementing as well as working on social distancing use of hand sanitizers likewise wearing of mask.


The President also congratulated market women, especially Sekondi-Takoradi Metropolis, where social distancing and cleanliness is well observed.


“This is the time for sacrifice so that we do not have to bear a greater cost in the future” Worriedly, he talks about some few Ghanaians from the west African national, despite the close of borders tries to enter the country illegally” he said.


Story by Maame Serwaa Asante

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