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Sekondi-Takoradi: Major markets to be closed over surge in COVID-19 cases

Major markets in the Sekondi-Takoradi Metropolitan Area in the Western Region will be closed down on Thursday, 28th May 2020 due to a surge in COVID-19 cases in the area.

According to the Public Relations Officer of the Assembly, John Laste, the markets are expected to be reopened on June 3, 2020, after a disinfection exercise.

The affected markets include Takoradi Market Circle market, Kojokrom Market, Sekondi Market, Effiakuma Number 9 Market and Jubilee Park Central market.

The Metropolis has so far recorded over 100 cases out of the 334 cases in the Western Region.

John Laste in an interview with Citi FM interview said the assembly has been considering the idea for a while but after consultations with market leaders, a consensus was reached that the markets should be temporarily closed.

“We have been considering this closure since the time we saw our cases going up. Even last week we met the market women and asked them to provide us with a proposal as to how they can ensure social distancing but they themselves said we [needed to] close it. We now want the public to buy from the community markets like Apremdo, and we are going to control the situation to avoid any mad rush purchasing that could cause social distancing problems,” he said.

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