Eleven days after lifting the lockdown and restriction of movement in the country, Ghana has recorded a 60 percent increase in the number of confirmed cases of Coronavirus.
President Nana Akufo-Addo had cited:
“Severe difficulties for all of us across the country, especially for the poor and vulnerable” as a major reason for lifting the lockdown.
He had ordered Ghanaians to practise social distancing and personal hygiene.
However, since the lockdown, the country has experienced a surge in the number of people testing positive for the virus.
Alabi John Kennedy, a Nigerian businessman in Ghana, in an interview with Channels TV, said that the increase in figures instilled fear in the people.
He said, “People are thinking of how to relate to this right now because there has been an increase in the COVID19 cases in Ghana.
“As at 12 days ago, the confirmed cases were 1,042 but as at Wednesday it is 1,671, this translates to about 60 percent increase from 12 days ago.
“So, people are sceptical and think that the President hasn’t made a good decision but he is trying to buttress his points that he is looking at this from an economic point of view because right now.
70 per cent of the economy in Ghana is driven by SMEs and these are the hardest hit people.
As of May 1 in Ghana, the figure has gone up to 2,074 confirmed cases while 17 people have died.
Explaining the effect of the pandemic on the economy of Ghana, Kennedy said the debt ratio of the country had increased.
He urged the country to implement very strong fiscal reform to be able to absolve the effect of the pandemic on the economy.