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Ghana announces lockdown in two key regions

President Nana Akufo-Ado said there would be "restrictions on movement of persons in the Greater Accra Metropolitan Area and the Greater Kumasi Metropolitan Area.

FILE: Ghana President Nana Akufo-Addo. Picture: AFP

ACCRA – Ghana has announced a two-week lockdown in the country's two main regions starting Monday to curb the spread of coronavirus.

The move came as the authorities reported 137 confirmed cases, including four deaths.

President Nana Akufo-Addo said there would be "restrictions on movement of persons in the Greater Accra Metropolitan Area and the Greater Kumasi Metropolitan Area and contiguous districts for a period of two weeks."

He said residents would only be allowed to go out to buy food, water and medicines and to use public toilets.

"There shall be, during this period, no inter-city movement of vehicles and aircrafts for private or commercial purposes.. except for vehicles and aircrafts providing essential services and those carrying cargo," he said.

Ghana has already closed schools, suspended public events and banned large gatherings.

To track the latest developments around the coronavirus both in South Africa and abroad, click on this live status report from Strategix.

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