Ghanaians have expressed diverse reactions towards calls for national lockdown amidst the coronavirus outbreak in the country.
Whilst others think a lockdown will be the best solution to halt the spread of the dreadful coronavirus, some are of the view that it will take a toll on their livelihood.
A resident at Jamestown, Wayo told Joy News’ Maxwell Agbagba that he does not support a lockdown since the majority of them are in the informal sector and heavily depend on their daily ends meet.
He said for a lockdown to actually succeed in the community, government must provide basic needs else they will have no choice than to step out to find means to fend for themselves.
“During the closed fishing season, life was difficult for us, so people resorted to stealing just to feed themselves, so if government should implement the lockdown, life will be hard for us,” he said.
Another resident, Apertor supports the lockdown imposition since it will forestall the spread of the COVID-19, however, he notes that it would be difficult for him when implemented.
“I have not packed or stocked foodstuffs for my household should government implement a lockdown and my income is also low and makes it difficult for me to shop at this time.”
Speaking to some petty traders in Accra, a trader told Joy News’ Hannah Odame that the directive will affect her livelihood.
“I do ‘hand to mouth’ so if they should lockdown even in Accra that means they are taking the food from my mouth.”
Another added, “I do not support a lockdown at all, because when it is implemented how will traders cater for the family?”
A water distributor who was not in support of a potential lockdown indicated that it will affect households who do not have access to potable water in the Greater Accra region.
People on social media have also shared their views on the possible closedown of the country.
” Total Lockdown paa de3 unless them swipe me before I go comply to it oo,” one tweeted.
So the people that are crying for the president to lockdown Ghana have you taught about the people who survive on selling pure water and other petty things to feed themselves and their children— Mr. Moon (@IvanBryanMoon1) March 26, 2020
If Ghana locks down what will they do? #LockdownGhana #PrayForGhana #COVID2019Ghana
Lmao…132 Coronavirus Cases But Still I'm Against Mandatory Lockdown By The Gov't— UCC SHATTA WALE🇬🇭🧠 (@iamsamuelpagge) March 26, 2020
People Will Die Of Hunger And Thirst More Than They Will Die Of #COVID2019Ghana
See, In Accra, Plenty People No Get Homes oo. They Hustle Everyday And The Money They Get Is Hand To Mouth Only😭😭
Total Lockdown paa de3 unless them swipe me before I go comply to it oo#COVID2019Ghana— 🇬🇭 Johnny Sins大手 (@AmoEphraim) March 26, 2020
I think it’s time for the President to throw caution to the wind and lockdown.#COVID2019Ghana— EL-DAD (@ChristDeKing) March 26, 2020
The bigger and more developed countries are providing some amount of money and groceries for rationing while they are on lockdown— Mr. Moon (@IvanBryanMoon1) March 26, 2020
Does anyone here think that can happen in Ghana ?#PrayForGhana #COVID2019Ghana #LockdownGhana
Some of you still don’t want to stay home ..complaining about how you gonna get money if you don’t go out …..what shall a man profit if he shall gain the whole world and lose his own soul!!! Think about it #COVID2019Ghana https://t.co/VOctxKoZqa— cathlyn (@cath_lynnnn) March 26, 2020
Mr President please and please this is not USA remember we are in Ghana 🇬🇭 and most people here do hand🖐to mouth that is our daily struggle is either Gh500 for each of us or please forget the #Lockdown@NAkufoAddo @realDonaldTrump @shattawalegh @prodbypaq @stonebwoyb @malikofori— face Off🙈🙈 (@niiike6) March 25, 2020
At this point it is becoming clearer that sooner or later, a lockdown would be inevitable. I urge government to start public education on what a lockdown would actually mean, how to prepare towards it etc. A lot of misconceptions are flying about leading to panic.— Nat G. Tetteh🇬🇭 (@NatTettehGhana) March 26, 2020
You're not seeing the bigger picture, Ghana imports most of the food we eat in the country, a lock down will seize imports. As at now shops are no more getting supplies because they can't bring some from outside the country. No more food will be coming in bruh.. and what is https://t.co/PAidsTxOKr— LEO MENSA (@LEONARDMENSA) March 26, 2020
Ghana is a country were you basically have to go outside to literally get everything(get food, water, buy electricity etc)— MMEBUSEM (@mmebusem_) March 21, 2020
YOU CAN'T LOCK DOWN THIS COUNTRY😑
132 cases in Ghana?? wtf! charle the lockdown must come on, no two or three ways they should make the “lockdown” the only way asap!— . (@YoKwesi__) March 26, 2020