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Ghana extends border closure till May 31

Ghana extends border closure till May 31

President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo has extended the closure of Ghana’s borders for a month.

The President who was addressing workers in a virtual May Day celebration on Friday at the Ghana Broadcasting Corporation (GBC) in Accra said the extension was effective 1 am on May 4, 2020, and would elapse on May 31, 2020.

Background

Ghana’s air, sea and land borders were first closed on Sunday, March 22, 2020, following an order by President Akufo-Addo as part of efforts to curb the spread of COVID-19 in the country.

Addressing the nation in a televised broadcast, the President said the country’s borders will remain closed for two more weeks beginning Monday, April 20.

The President in his address explained that this is because the majority of confirmed COVID-19 cases have come from travellers or from people who have come into contact with travellers.

"It is, therefore, incumbent on us to continue to be vigilant about travelers into our country until further notice, and to congratulate the men and women of the Immigration Service and the Marine Police Unit for their work in securing our borders, he said".

"The arrest of ten West African nationals in Tamale who all tested positive for the virus; the arrest of the six Nigerian travellers who entered Ghana through unapproved routes along the Ghana-Togo border near Aflao, who also tested positive for the virus; and the recent arrest of ten fishermen in the Western Region, who returned from Cote d’ivoire and have been quarantined, testify to the determination of our security services to protect our borders. I have, thus, signed an Executive Instrument, to extend the closure of our borders for two more weeks, beginning Monday, 20th April".