Ghana’s president has lifted the partial lockdown imposed in the country to stem the spread of coronavirus, but the ban on gatherings is still in place, local media reported.

The ease in restrictions came into effect from 1.00 a.m. local time (0100GMT) on Monday, according to News Ghana, an online news portal.

The move makes Ghana one of the first few countries in the world to have lifted restrictions amid the COVID-19 pandemic.

Easing the preventive restrictions was “in view of our ability to undertake aggressive contact tracing of infected persons,” the website quoted President Nana Akufo-Addo as saying.

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