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Govt won’t hesitate to impose travel restrictions—Oppong Nkrumah

The government will not hesitate to enforce new restrictions in view of recent spikes in COVID-19 cases across Europe, the Minister of Information, Mr Kojo Oppong Nkrumah has announced.

According to him, the government had been monitoring happenings across Europe with concern, and even though Ghana’s case count had dwindled, it would still not take any chances.

Addressing the press in Accra on Sunday, Information Minister Kojo Oppong Nkrumah stated that there had been 131 new recorded cases with the active cases at 477 with a total of 299 deaths.

He assured that the robust testing regime deployed at the Kotoka International Airport would help curtail the importation of coronavirus disease (COVID-19) even as parts of the world was going through a second wave of virus infection.

Mr Nkrumah said the government had taken note of the new wave of the virus in some parts of the world and was putting measures in place to prevent a second influx from these affected countries.

“The government of Ghana has taken note of a new wave of coronavirus infections in some parts of the world, especially Europe, America and Asia. Countries in parts of Europe have seen a resurgence of COVID-19 cases after many of them successfully slowed the initialoutbreak a few months ago. Scientists have also reported that countries like France, the UK, Spain, Poland and the Netherlands are currently dealing with what they call a much feared second wave and are beginning to take some actions to curb it. Government takes note of the fact that at this time our borders or our air borders are open to flights from some of these countries there by heightening our risk.

“At this time therefore the government of Ghana is going for strict observation of the in-bound flight protocols that were outlined a few weeks ago when the airports were opened,” he said.

“There will be the strict observation but also we will have to continue with the two-bound test or the two-layer test approach that we are currently embarking on to ensure that the risk of what appears to be a second wave of cases in Europe poses to us is clearly mitigated at the same time” Mr Oppong Nkrumah said.

“While doing this, we will continue to strictly observe the developments in these countries and these developments will inform whether or not Ghana will consider some travel restrictions from these countries,” he added.

Meanwhile, Ghana in recent weeks had seen a decline in active cases of the virus. The latest figures released by the Ghana Health Service indicate that Ghana has an  active case count of 477 person still with the virus, 46,353 confirmed cases, 45,577 persons who contracted the virus have recovered and have been discharged and 299 deaths.

By Cliff Ekuful

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