The President, Nana Akufo-Addo has extended the closure of the country’s borders by a month.
He said the extension of the border closures is to enable the country to contain the coronavirus pandemic which is wreaking havoc across the world.
In effect, the border closures include – land, air and sea – will be extended effective May 4. The closures will, however, not apply to goods.
Addressing workers at a virtual May Day celebration on the national broadcaster GBC, he said the extension is in order is to ensure that there is no risk of importation of coronavirus cases into the country.
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“With the suspension of all public gatherings still in force and our schools still closed, government has taken the decision to extend further the closure of borders for a month effective 1 am of 4th May until Sunday, the 31st of May, 2020. We know that the overwhelming majority of positive cases came from travelers or contacts of travelers so we have no option than to keep our borders closed until we are confident that we have put in place measures to prevent travelers from importing the virus. These restrictions cannot and will not be a permanent feature of our lives but they are for now essential for our survival,”
Announcing yet another extension Friday, the President reiterated that the measure is largely to help Ghana deal with its cases without importing new ones.
Ghana’s coronavirus case count currently stands at 2,074 with 212 recoveries and 17 deaths.