COVID-19: Mahama suggests extension of lockdown

Former President John Mahama is suggesting that the government extends the partial lockdown it has imposed on some parts of the country as part of measures to contain the spread of COVID-19 in Ghana.

John Mahama, who is also the flagbearer of the National Democratic Congress (NDC) in a tweet said the extension has become necessary because of advice from health experts and the upsurge in the number of COVID-19 cases of the disease in Ghana makes it necessary to extend the restrictions on movement in the Greater Accra Metropolitan Area including Tema and Kasoa as well as the Kumasi Metropolitan Area.

Many Ghanaians are anxious as they await a televised address from President Nana Akufo-Addo with updates on Ghana’s fight against COVID-19 and also an announcement on whether or not the existing restriction of movement will be extended.

Ahead of that update, John Mahama believes it will only be appropriate that President Akufo-Addo announces an extension on the restrictions.

“Recent developments have made it clear, the extent of the spread of the virus. The last report put the number of confirmed cases at 834. Many health experts continue to suggest the necessity and appropriateness of an extension of the restrictions on movement.”