Prez Akufo-Addo lifts ban on movement in some parts of the country: Ghanaians react

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President Akufo-Addo during his address to the nation today, Sunday, April 19, 2020, lifted the three week restrictions imposed on the movement of persons within some parts of the country.

Addressing the nation in a televised broadcast, the President said the decision which takes effect from Monday, April 20, follows achievements made with aggressive contact tracing and enhanced testing capacities which have made it possible to contain the spread in Ghana.

Ghanaians have since taken to social media to react to the news.

While a majority of the citizens are excited about the ban, some half believe that the rise in persons who have tested  positive for the virus( which now stands at 1,0420) indicate the need for an extension of the lockdown.

Here are some reactions of the news on Twitter:

Why lift a ban when cases have skyrocketed?! We’re in the thousands ?☹️

— joyce dzide-tei (@joycedzide) April 19, 2020

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Chale, truth be one p3. Our economy is not built to survive an extended lockdown and that probably forced them to make this decision. Time will tell if it was the right one. Please be careful if you have to go out, wash your hands, wear your mask, keep your sanitizer close.

— #ForMyBrothers Album Out Now (@KOJO_Cue) April 19, 2020

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So we record a few cases and rush to have a #partiallockdown 

And when the cases increase we remove the ban.

Please help me understand this.

I genuinely want to know.

— #asklydiaforson (@lydiaforson) April 19, 2020

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This is risky but Ghanaians should think about their own health and abide by the measures. If you don’t have anything doing out don’t go out. If this fails they’ll start picking up bodies from the streets like some countries. #STAYHOME

— king Kong (@Captainduku) April 19, 2020

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President Nana Addo can lift the ban but I’m instilling my own ban on myself. I’m not going to work. I’m not going out. Period!

— mark a (@thatmarka) April 19, 2020

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This has nothing to do with being enlightened. A lot of things were already wrong with the country. Businesses collapsed, people’s investments locked up etc. Basic oxygen is a luxury for hospitals here. Talk of beds for admission etc. Well now it’s each man for himself. Stay safe

— SAMMY FORSON (@sammyforson) April 19, 2020

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Because e really need. If this lockdown continued for a week, things would’ve gotten out of hand for a lot of people who are struggling and lacking the means to keep up https://t.co/lRqhKHkoH6

— ?ᕼΔl?爪 (@toontoom23) April 19, 2020

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