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Coronavirus: We have arrested 406 persons for flouting ban on public gatherings, lockdown – Ghana Police Service

The Ghana Police Service has arrested 406 persons for violating the ban on public gatherings and the partial lockdown all aimed at minimizing the spread of the Corona virus.

This information was made available by ACP Lydia Donkor, Head of Legal and Prosecution, Accra Regional Police Command.

She made this known Tuesday, April 14, 2020, at a press briefing organised by the Ministry of Information.

“So far, 406 persons have been arrested with 103 in custody. 248 have been granted bail and 41 have been processed for court,” she said.

Government as part of measures to reduce the community spread of the novel Corona virus placed a nationwide ban on public gatherings. A partial lockdown was also placed on Greater Accra and Kumasi.

The government also formulated the Imposition and Restrictions Act to enable it to enforce the directives.

Although ACP Lydia said the directive has “largely been adhered to”, she noted that there are other recalcitrant ones who try to flout the order.

She advices the public to stay home for their own safety and reiterated that persons who are found flouting any of the laws will be prosecuted.

“If you are arrested and after successful investigation, you are prosecuted and found guilty, you are likely to pay a fine of ranging from GHS12,000 to GHS60,000 or to a term of imprisonment of four years to 10 years or both,” she added.

Here is a regional breakdown of the 406 persons who have been arrested:

Greater Accra Region – 161
Ashanti Region – 70
Volta Region – 67
Western Region – 8
Eastern Region – 6
Tema Region – 31
Bono Region – 20
Northern Region – 9
Central Region – 24
North East Region – 1
Upper East Region – 8
Upper West Region – 2
Western North Region – 8

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