President Akuffo Addo

His Excellency Nana Akufo-Addo will address the nation today, 19th April 2020, at 8:00 pm on national television, GTV and other social media platforms like Facebook, on measures taken against the coronavirus in the country.

This will be the president’s 7th address to the nation on the update of the virus and the measure taken since the outbreak in the country.

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What Should The Nation Expect

The recent increase in the number of confirmed cases has called for total lockdown by some section of the population.

In the president’s last address to the nation on 13th April 2020, only a total of 378 confirmed cases had been recorded but the number of cases has increased to 834 as at 18th April 2020.

Though this surge is mainly due to the backlog from the enhanced contact tracing program, people are still calling for a total lockdown nationwide.

10 out of 16 regions have contributed to the total number of confirmed cases with Greater Accra recording more than 82% of the total.

A total lockdown nationwide will not be possible but an extension of the lockdown in some part of Greater Accra and Ashanti is still expected.

A possible extension of the lockdown to other regions is most likely since more community infection has been recorded in the regions like Eastern, Upper East and Upper West.

Eastern Region has recorded a total of 51 cases of which more than 30 cases recorded since the president’s last address.

The closure of the borders and ban on social gatherings were earlier this week extended by two weeks.

Though many social interventions have been initiated by the government to ease the impact of the virus in the country which include free water supplies and discount on electricity bills from 50 to 100%, a lot of people are calling for a reduction of mobile data charges.

The call is spearheaded by the former president and flagbearer of NDC, John Dramani Mahama which has gained more support from the populace.

The Finance Minister, Ken Ofori-Atta, in an address to parliament on 30th March 2020, revealed that the government is in consultation with the telcos to reduce mobile data charges.

Due to the lockdown and ban on social gatherings, most activities have been carried on online requiring more data. A reduction in mobile data charges will further ease economic hardship.

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