Many commuters found it difficult getting to their destinations as transport activities came to a virtual halt in the Kumasi metropolis on Friday, March 27.

This was as a result of the ‘National Disinfection Exercise’, a programme spearheaded by the Ministry of Local Government and Rural Development (MLGRD) and National Disaster Management Organization, to disinfect the city.

It focused on the Central Business District (CBD), local markets and transport terminals, Suame Magazine, Kumasi Abattoir and other public places on convergence.

The exercise, spearheaded by the Zoomlion Ghana Limited and National Disaster Management Organization (NADMO) comes in the wake of precautionary measures instituted by the government recently to combat the spread of the COVID-19 (coronavirus) disease.

Ghana since March 12 recorded more than 100 confirmed cases and three deaths.

Drivers of the various transport unions plying major road network, including; the Kumasi-Accra Highway, Kumasi-Sunyani Highway, Old Tafo-Adum, Obuasi-Adum, Suame-Roundabout-Offinso, Atonsu-Agogo-Central Market, amongst others, laid down their working tools in support of the exercise.

Some commercial tricycles and motorbikes took advantage of the situation, making good sales as they worked busily in carrying desperate passengers and other commuters to their destination.

A visit by the Ghana News Agency (GNA) to the Kejetia, VVIP, Adum, Tech-Junction and Anloga-Junction lorry terminals saw empty spaces with the usual brisk activities characterizing those areas missing.

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