Gov’t Closes Down Markets For Disinfection

The Minister for Local Government and Rural Development, Hajia Alima Mahama, has disclosed that markets in the Greater Accra Region will be shut down on Monday March 23, 2020, for thorough disinfection from Coronavirus (Covid 19). The exercise is part of a nationwide disinfection of public spaces to control the spread of Covid-19, said the minister. According to her, the Market Women Association are all cooperative in the plan. “They have all agreed on Monday and I was happy. They all see that there is expediency in the matter and we have to do it quick… in the Greater Accra Region, markets will be closed on Monday,” she said to the media. Experts have noted that Africa stands a chance to contain the disease given best practices used in places like China, Singapore Taiwan and Hong Kong to contain the virus from spiralling out of hand after they were initially taken unawares by the deadly virus. Already, 16 cases have been confirmed in Ghana officially and there may be up to 500 more cases walking around freely unaware as secondary carriers. The Covid-19 virus is noted to be especially weak outside its preferred site in the upper respiratory part of the human body-the lungs particularly. It is believed that such planned nationwide disinfection can considerably curb the spread of the virus which has so far infected 266,000 worldwide and killed 11,000.

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