COVID-19: Ghanaian government to announce travel restrictions today

Ghana’s Minister of Information, Kojo Oppong Nkrumah has said that the government will announce travel restrictions on countries with confirmed cases of coronavirus (COVID-19) today.

Terminal 3 of Kotoka International Airport

In an interview on Accra-based Peace FM, Mr Oppong Nkrumah said the government will make its position known at 12 pm after a meeting by the inter-ministerial committee on the COVID Response Thursday.

He added that the meeting of the committee was chaired by President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo.

He indicated that the committee was concluding on some matters before they make the announcement.

He explained that the consular services have already been suspended in a lot of the countries which have recorded confirmed cases of the Coronavirus.

The Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs, Charles Owiredu said emergency services are however being provided.

In an interview on Accra-based Citi FM, Mr Owiredu said “When this virus started spreading from the epicentre in China, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs through its missions decided to put in place some measures. Countries that were under total lockdown – countries such as China and Italy had restricted movements so what we said was that it was difficult for even consular officers, mission staff to even go to work and perform their jobs. So we suspended Consular services and once we have suspended consular services it does not mean we have banned it or it is under total lockdown.”

“We have created some skeletal staff in these embassies and we have also provided consular numbers that when people call, expedited services will be provided. Once you call, if you are a Ghanaian in Italy, and you want Consular services, we have provided two numbers, call any of these numbers and somebody will attend to you. If it is about a passport you want or a visa service, your passport will be posted back to you so these are some of the measures we have put in place to curtail the spread of the virus. And I think so far it is working,” he added.

Meanwhile, some Ghanaians on social media have urged the government to close the national borders after two cases were confirmed on Thursday in the country.

The hashtag #CloseBordersNow is trending on Twitter as of Friday morning.

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