With the ongoing discussion on social media about the president’s decision to lift the partial lockdown on some parts of the country, many social media influencers have joined in the debate.
While some influencers are of the view that the president’s decision was the best for the country, others have expressed their disappointment and have detailed their fear of a wider spread in the country.
Efia Odo Andrea Owusu, who does not agree with the lift on the ban on restrictions especially when Ghana has recorded over 1000 Coronavirus cases, in a post sighted by GhanaWeb on her Twitter page said, she smells something fishy.
According to the TV presenter, the decision to arrive at the lifting of the lockdown was politically motivated.
“Ban being lifted after 1000+ cases reported. Something smells fishy or shall I say there’s a political agenda aroma around this lift,” she wrote on April 19, 2020.
However, in his 7th address to the nation, President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo said the decision was influenced by several factors including Ghana’s ability to undertake aggressive contact tracing, an enhanced capacity to test, expansion of the number of treatment and isolation centres as well as the impact of the virus on the poor and vulnerable in the affected areas.
“Fellow Ghanaians, in view of our ability to undertake aggressive contact tracing of infected persons, the enhancement of our capacity to test, the expansion in the numbers of our treatment and isolation centres, our better understanding of the dynamism of the virus, the ramping up of our domestic capacity to produce our own personal protective equipment, sanitisers and medicines, the modest successes chalked at containing the spread of the virus in Accra and Kumasi, and the severe impact on the poor and vulnerable, I have taken the decision to lift the three (3) week old restriction on movements in the Greater Accra Metropolitan Area and Kasoa, and the Greater Kumasi Metropolitan Area and its contiguous districts, with effect from 1am on Monday, 20th April. In effect, tomorrow will see the partial lockdown in Accra and Kumasi being lifted,” he said.