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A police officer assists volounteers organizing food parcels at a food distribution organized by the government to help residents to cope with the lockdown at the Agbogbloshie market in Accra, Ghana. April 4th 2020. – Ghana will extend a lockdown on the country’s two main regions for one week to help contain the spread of coronavirus, the president said. The move came as the authorities reported 138 confirmed cases, including six deaths. (Photo by Nipah Dennis / AFP)

Ghana will extend a lockdown on the country’s two main regions for one week to help contain the spread of coronavirus, the president said.

President Nana Akufo-Addo said the two-week restriction on movement around the capital Accra and in the Kumasi area would be prolonged from Monday.

“It is important that we stay the course, and bear with the difficulties that come with it,” the leader said in a national broadcast late Thursday.

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“The final result, hopefully, will be freedom from the virus.”

Authorities across Africa are weighing whether to extend anti-virus measures that have hit economies and cut off millions from vital sources of income.

Akufo-Addo said the Ghanaian government would absorb the whole of the electricity bills of the poorest citizens and 50 percent for other residents and businesses for three months to ease the pain.

The West African nation of some 30 million has so far registered 378 coronavirus infections, six of them fatal.

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