It has shut its borders to travellers from countries with more than 200 cases of the coronavirus. In all, twenty-four countries would be affected Our Manifesto: This is what YEN.com.gh believes in The Government of Ghana has reviewed its travel advisory policy in the wake of the coronavirus scare that has hit the country. This has pushed the government to shut its borders to travellers from countries with more than 200 cases of the coronavirus The Minister of Information, Kojo Oppong Nkrumah, has underscored the need for all airlines to prevent travellers from affected countries from boarding flights. In his communique, he also stated that citizens and resident-permit holders would be required to self-isolate for 14 days on arrival.
The information minister in his statement said,
“All travel to Ghana is strongly discouraged.” In all, twenty-four countries including Australia, Austria, Bahrain, Belgium, Canada, China, Denmark, France, Germany, Greece, Iran, Italy, and Japan would be affected. Other countries are Malaysia, Netherlands, Norway, Qatar, Singapore, South Korea, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, the United Kingdom, and the United States would also be included.
According to Kojo Oppong Nkrumah, guidelines for self-quarantine will be available at the various ports of entry, and enforcement protocols are being deployed in collaboration with state security and health authorities to all points of entry.
Meanwhile, President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo in a Facebook live video announced that all public and private schools including universities are from March 16, 2020, suspended for the next four weeks. Also, all public gatherings have been suspended for the next four weeks as part measures to control the spread of coronavirus. Church services, conferences, public funerals, political rallies, and all other public gatherings are also suspended.
This follows a 6-hour meeting with the inter-ministerial committee on COVID-19 rapid response.