This was announced by President Akufo-Addo during his seventh address to the nation on the outbreak today, Sunday, April 19, 2020.
“Since the first two (2) cases of infections were recorded on our shores, we have, till date, traced some eighty-six thousand (86,000) contacts, out of which we have test results of sixty-eight thousand, five hundred and ninety-one (68,591) contacts. There is, thus, a backlog of some eighteen thousand (18,000) tests whose results are yet to be received.”
“The overwhelming majority of these contacts have been established in the last three weeks of the partial lockdown in Accra and Kumasi.
Out of this number, one thousand and forty-two (1,042) persons, i.e. 1.5%, have been confirmed as positive, with sixty-seven thousand, five hundred and forty-nine (67,549), i.e. 98.5%, testing negative; ninety-nine (99) persons have recovered and have been discharged; and nine hundred and thirty (930) persons, who have been isolated, are responding to treatment either in their homes or in treatment facilities.
These nine hundred and thirty (930) persons, after their treatment, will soon undergo the mandatory two (2) tests to determine if they have also recovered from the virus or otherwise,” he added.
Lockdown of Accra, Kumasi lifted; ban on gatherings still in force
President Nana Akufo-Addo has however lifted the partial lockdown on some parts of the country.
The president said the ease of restrictions was “in view of our ability to undertake aggressive contact tracing of infected persons” among others.
Despite the lifting of the lockdown, Ghana’s borders will remain closed
The ban on social gatherings of not more than 25 persons is also still in place.
President Nana Akufo-Addo stressed that “lifting these restrictions does not mean we are letting our guard down.”
“I am demanding even greater adherence to these measures,” he added.