Female head porters popularly known in the local language as ‘Kayayei’, are making a hasty journey back home to their hometowns in northern Ghana to avoid being stranded in the midst of the partial lockdown in Accra.
President Nana Akufo-Addo on Friday evening declared that movement in some cities in the country will be prevented from Monday for two weeks as part of government measures to reduce the spread of the virus.
The lockdown affected areas are Accra, Tema, Kasoa and Kumasi, where huge number of people have been infected.
Residents in the affected areas can only go out to get paramount items such as food, conduct banking transactions or use the public toilet or buy fuel.
Although the restriction on movement starts from 1:00 a.m. on Monday, March 30, photos taken on Saturday evening show head porters(Kayayei) at the Mallam Atta market in Accra packing their items into big Yutong bus to their hometowns.
Since the restrictions on the movement of persons was declared on Friday, there have been concerns that carriers of coronavirus may spread the virus to the rural areas where there have not been recorded cases.