Africa’s best wordsmith, Michael Owusu Addo, better known as Sarkodie, is advising the general public to respect the partial lockdown, imposed by President Nana Akufo-Addo on some parts of Greater Accra, Tema, Kumasi and Kasoa on Sunday.
“guys it’s way serious than we think, pls #StayHome” the multiple award-winning rapper said in a tweet, Sunday.
He insinuated that, majority of Ghanaians are carriers of the deadly virus, which has claimed the lives of thousands of people globally, but are yet to be diagnosed.
According to the ‘Hand To Mouth’ spitter, Sarkodie, Ghanaians culture of not checking up on one’s health status is preventing government to know the exact number of coronavirus patients in Ghana.
“Reality is: Back home [Ghana] alot of people rarely go for check-ups even when seriously sick” Sarkodie said.
He added that “we just know we will b fine but we dead wrong .. so I can only imagine the no of people with virus still walking around ..”
So far, Ghana has confirmed 161 cases of the novel coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) with 5 deaths, 3 recoveries, and 31 patients discharged.
To contain the spread of the virus, a partial lockdown has been instituted in Accra, Tema, Kasoa and Kumasi.
There have however been 10 cases recorded in Tamale and a single case in Wa.
Among these essentials listed by President Nana Akufo-Addo were food, medicine and water.
Police and Military personnel have been dispatched to the affected areas to enforce the lockdown.
As part of the lockdown, citizens in affected areas are advised to only leave their homes in search of essential items or activities.
Ghana joins South Africa, Kenya, Rwanda, Mali, Nigeria, Botswana, among others, in Africa to have announced some restrictions of movement to curb the spread of the virus.
Source: Bernard Ralph Adams/Ryvanz Mia Online/Ghana