Lifting the lockdown in Accra and other parts of the country does not mean Ghana is free from the Covid-19 pandemic, President Nana Akufo-Addo says.

Speaking in a televised address on Sunday, Akufo-Addo said Ghanaians must continue to abide by all other measures put in place to contain and defeat the novel coronavirus.

Ban on public gatherings, including religious activities, parties, beaches, clubs are still in force across the country, the president said.

Schools and universities also remain closed.

Delivering his 7th address on measures taken by his administration to fight the disease, Akufo-Addo said “We will continue to monitor closely events in some hotspots…”

“Whenever the situation so warrants, a community in which the virus is identified as becoming prevalent will be locked-down, until there is a clear understanding of the trajectory of the virus that will allow us to contain it,” he said.

Relaxing lockdown welcoming

The Ghana Pentecostal and Charismatic Council has, meanwhile, described lifting of three week lockdown as a welcoming.

The GPCC, in a statement, said easing the restrictions is “quite encouraging especially for many Ghanaians who are in the informal sector of the economy.”

“The Council is however appealing to all Ghanaians not to take this relaxation of the lockdown for granted but should to continue to observe strictly the measures rolled out by government to minimise or stop the spread of the virus,” GPCC said.

Social media reactions to the move, however, suggest the decision is unpopular.

Scores of persons posted on various social media platforms suggesting that the government is leaving the fight to the discretion of citizens.