As the novel Coronavirus (COVID-19) became a global pandemic declared by the World Health Organization (WHO) on 11th March, 2020, normal day to day living in many affected countries were curtailed.
Two days after WHO declaration, Ghana recorded her first two cases imported from travelers. Later that day, drastic measures were taken to curb the spread. Some of the measures were indefinite closure of schools, churches and mosques.
After the ban on schools and public gatherings of more than 25 people, the government outlined protocols such as regular washing of hands with soap under running water, regular use of hand sanitizers, wearing of face marks, social distancing and several other precautionary measures.
When cases of COVID-19 increased in Ghana, President Nana Addo Dankwah Akufo Addo gave a speech on Friday 27th March, 2020 to address the nation on our response to the COVID-19 pandemic. The key note in his speech was a partial lockdown of the country in which Greater Accra, Ashanti Region and Kasoa were to be affected in the lockdown. His speech was greeted worldwide with a famous quote he made “I assure you that we know what to do to bring back our economy back to life. What we do not know how to do is to bring people back to life”.
At the same of his address to the nation, Ghana had 137 cases, 4 deaths and 2 recoveries. Globally, the world had recorded over 600,000 cases, with recoveries about 141,400 representing 82% and about 30,000 deaths representing 18%.
Although many people in Ghana within the lockdown enclave were aware of the hardship they were already faced and the worsening of their hardship because of the lockdown, most of them heeded to the stay home orders. As the lockdown made it quite easier for the frontline officers to trace, test and treat the virus, the cases increased to 378, 6 deaths and 3 recoveries, hence the necessity of the lockdown extension for a week. At the end of the lockdown extension, Ghana’s cases has increased to 1,042, with 9 deaths and 99 recoveries.
Taking a look at the global figures of over 2.3 million cases, with more than 600,000(79%) recovered and and above 160,000 deaths (21%), thus the death rate had increased to 3% of what was there before the initiation of our lockdown, I wonder if now, we can bring back lives of the dead because the lockdown has been lifted.
Also considering the over 18,000 backlog of tests awaiting results, maybe all of them will be negative so that Ghana as a country has overcome the battle of COVID-19. Meanwhile Zimbabwe with only 25 cases has extended their lockdown for two weeks. But as there are no vaccines and a cure, the immediate uplifting of the lockdown can be a case for worry as some Ghanaians refused to abide by the precautionary measures even under lockdown.