President Nana Akufo-Addo on Thursday night extended the constraints on actions in Accra and Kumasi by one particular much more 7 days from Monday, April 13, 2020.
He also declared three months of free electric power for all Ghanaians to make up for shed earnings pursuing the coronavirus lockdown.
Under is a transcript of his entire address.
Handle TO THE Country BY PRESIDENT OF THE REPUBLIC,
NANA ADDO DANKWA AKUFO-ADDO,
ON UPDATES TO GHANA’S Increased Response TO THE CORONAVIRUS PANDEMIC, ON THURSDAY, 9TH APRIL, 2020.
Fellow Ghanaians, excellent night.
Nowadays is the sixth time I am coming into your homes because we started our collective exertion to beat the Coronavirus pandemic, and to apply measures aimed at that contains and defeating it.
I have, very first of all, to notify you how proud and privileged I am to be your President, not just to struggle for you, but also to struggle with you, and to enable shepherd our state out of this crisis.
I reported, in my very last handle, that Government’s policy in this whole drama will be mostly driven by science. We will, as significantly as achievable, be guided by the data, with our target on the 3-Ts, i.e. tracing, screening and treatment method. We now see that the decision to close down our borders has been justified. One particular hundred and five (105) of the verified circumstances came from those people who have been mandatorily quarantined and analyzed on their arrival on 21st and 22nd of March. A single hundred and ninety-two (192) of the cases arrived from vacationers, who entered our country in advance of the closure, and their contacts. Seventy-nine percent (79%) of the 3 hundred and seventy-8 (378) confirmed scenarios are, therefore, imported. Plainly, right until we have the condition fully less than control, we are not able to, at this time, open up our borders. They will have to stay shut until eventually additional observe.
More, the partial lockdown of Accra and Kumasi has facilitated a far more intense programme of improved contact tracing, with a whole of 4 hundred and fifty (450) teams.
Thirty-seven thousand, four hundred and five (37,405) samples have been taken, of which 30-1 thousand, 9 hundred and 30-three (31,933) are in Accra, and five thousand, 4 hundred and seventy-two (5,472) are in Kumasi. As at Wednesday, 8th April, a full of fourteen thousand, six hundred and eleven (14,611) contacts of the samples collected have been analyzed for the virus in Accra and Kumasi. For Accra, eleven thousand, three hundred and 8 (11,308) contacts have been analyzed, and fifty-two (52), i.e. zero place four 6 % (.46%), of them ended up identified to be positive. In Kumasi, three thousand and 3 hundred and 3 (3,303) contacts have been analyzed, and 20-5 (25), i.e. zero stage 7 6 p.c (.76%) have been found to be constructive. In whole, seventy-seven (77) favourable instances had been recorded in Accra and Kumasi, representing zero position five three percent (.53%) of the fourteen thousand, 6 hundred and eleven (14,611) analyzed.
Whilst the effects are encouraging, in suggesting a minimal amount of positives and local community spread, we assume to be ready to take a look at some ten thousand (10,000) added samples in the coming week to give us a clearer picture to help us choose a decision on the way ahead.
It seems that our widespread efforts have been modestly effective in that contains the virus and minimising its unfold. Without doubt, the selections taken from day one particular (1) to act promptly and decisively, and, impose what might have seemed like severe limitations, have now proven to be successful, and have saved a ton of life.
Even so, this fight is not however more than, and we are by no implies out of the woods still. As I mentioned, we now have, in whole, a few hundred and seventy-eight (378) confirmed circumstances of infections, with six (6) fatalities, 4 (4) recoveries, two (2) in essential condition, and the remaining three hundred and seventy (370) are mild instances, who are in isolation, and are possibly remaining managed at property or at treatment centres.
Fellow Ghanaians, I have appear to you this night to ask for your continued endurance, as we keep on to employ and increase the endeavours that have, so considerably, proven to be valuable. It is crucial that we keep the program, and bear with the challenges that come with it. The closing outcome, hopefully, will be independence from the virus.
So, the decision has been taken, by the issuance of an Government Instrument, to lengthen the restrictions on motion in the Greater Accra Metropolitan Space and Kasoa and the Higher Kumasi Metropolitan Region and its contiguous districts by one particular more week, starting 1am on Monday, 13th April, subject matter to evaluate.
As component of actions to mitigate the outcomes of the pandemic on the social and economic daily life of the nation, I indicated, in my previous speech, that Government will soak up drinking water expenses for all Ghanaians for the subsequent a few months, i.e. April, Could and June. On top of that, h2o tankers, publicly and privately-owned, are becoming mobilised to make sure the source of water to vulnerable communities. We have decided on additional actions of mitigation for all Ghanaians for the subsequent a few months, i.e. April, May possibly and June. Federal government will completely absorb electrical power costs for the poorest of the very poor, i.e. for all lifeline consumers, that is no cost electrical energy for individuals who eat zero () to fifty (50) kilowatt hrs a thirty day period for this interval. In addition, for all other people, household and business, Government will take in, once more, fifty % (50%) of your energy bill for this period of time, using your March 2020 invoice as your benchmark. For case in point, if your electrical energy invoice was one particular hundred cedis (GH¢100), you will pay back only GH¢50, with Authorities absorbing the remaining fifty cedis (GH¢50). This is being done to guidance field, enterprises and the assistance sector in these tricky periods, and to deliver some relief to households for misplaced money. Nevertheless, I urge all Ghanaians to exercise willpower in their use of drinking water and electricity.
The foodstuff merchandise getting distributed in Accra and Kumasi to the vulnerable and needy are being completed by means of NADMO and the MMDCEs, with the aid of the religion-based organisations, to whom I am rendering a specific term of gratitude.
I attraction to you, permit us, in the meantime, go on to comply with the measures, permit us keep superior hygiene and respect the social distancing protocols, even when you are likely out to obtain the food items. But, higher than all, remember to continue to be at household. There have been unfortunate incidents of some folks, in some components of the affected places, wherever the restrictions are in pressure, flouting the regulations and continuing with the small business-as-normal attitude, even to the extent of confronting users of the stability expert services. That ought to not be countenanced. The legislation have to be upheld, and it will be. I get no delight in announcing these restrictions, nevertheless, permit us all don’t forget that they have been put in place for our collective excellent.
The struggle in opposition to Coronavirus has served as a humbling reminder of the issues that subject, the points that cannot be acquired, and the points that, all way too typically, go unappreciated, as a result of the stress of each day lifetime. I refer to the overall health of all those we enjoy the independence to operate and to congregate the luxurious of spontaneity and the simple comfort of a handshake or a hug. These are the blessings of normalcy that we are combating to restore, blessings that we need to hold onto with a further perception of appreciation, after this pandemic has handed.
I specific, on all our behalves, our gratitude for the support provided to us by the Governments of the People’s Republic of China, the United States of The usa, the African Union, the African Improvement Bank, the Global Monetary Fund, the Environment Bank, the European Union, and the Jack Ma Basis. We respect their expression of solidarity. A pal in want is a mate in truth. I thank also all these who have created donations and contributions into the COVID-19 National Rely on Fund for this type gesture.
Fellow Ghanaians, right now is Maundy Thursday, and tomorrow, a couple hrs from now, Friday, 10th April, Fantastic Friday, is the begin of Easter, which, for us Christians, commemorates the unique sacrifice that our Lord and Saviour, Jesus Christ, designed for our salvation on the cross of Calvary. The season is a fantastic possibility for all of us to mirror on that greatest sacrifice, and for each individual one of us also to make a sacrifice for the sake of humanity’s survival.
We are utilised to attending Easter Conventions, making-merry, traveling to good friends and family, and owning a excellent time. Yes, like a great deal of you, I was also on the lookout ahead to visiting Kwahu during this time of the year, which I have been carrying out for quite a few several years. Having said that, I am urging all of us to do the correct opposite of what we have been applied to for many years. Remain at house. I check with you to continue to keep your length from your parents, grandparents and prolonged relatives, and rejoice this holiday break apart. Do not host a large family collecting, and sternly refuse to go to one if you are invited. Your kin will realize you are executing this out of appreciate for them. Remember to, make that sacrifice.
Mesrɛ mo, asɛm aa makai, mondi su. Me ma mo afehyia pa
Min kpa nyɛ fai, nibii ni nkɛ, nyɛ ye nɔ. Afi oo afi.
So, on behalf of my beautiful Rebecca, my kids, grandchildren and complete household, and members of Authorities, I desire you all a joyous and delighted Easter, even if a restrained 1. And, enable me extend a specific Easter goodwill concept to our amazing well being staff and to the users of our security agencies for their patriotic endeavours.
Could God bless us all, and our homeland Ghana, and make her wonderful and potent.
Have a fantastic evening, love the vacations, and I thank you for your consideration.