Residents of Ashaiman are panic buying as they prepare for a possible lockdown.
The Ashamain municipality was very busy on Thursday [March 26, 2020], with a lot of trading activities going on. Markets in the municipality that were closed on Monday for fumigation also resumed with a lot of traders present with their goods.
Aside from the intensive trading activities that were going on, there was also huge vehicular traffic as people trooped to the main town to buy stuff.
A Possible Lockdown
There have been talks of a possible lockdown in recent days, as an effective measure to curb the spread of COVID-19.
On Wednesday [March 25, 2020], the Ghana Medical Association asked the President to immediately call for a nationwide lockdown in preventing the crisis from escalating.
The minority in parliament are also calling for a nationwide lockdown in response to the coronavirus pandemic.
In response to the call for a lockdown, President Akufo-Addo said his government is not considering a lockdown yet, because of the implications it may have on most people. He made this known during a meaning with leaders of the Trades Union Congress (TUC).
However, the President said the government is holding extensive consultation on the possible measures aimed at preventing the spread of coronavirus in the country.
He also stated that though a lockdown remains an option, extensive consultations will be made to ensure that the government makes the right decision.
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