Ghana’s borders still remain closed albeit the significant improvement in the country’s handling of COVID-19 situation.
In a televised address on Sunday night, President Akufo-Addo stated he’s tasked the Ministry of Aviation, the Ghana Civil Aviation Authority and the Ghana Airports Co. Ltd, as well as the Ministry of Health and its agencies, to ascertain the country’s readiness to reopen our airport.
“I want to ensure that we are in a position to test every single passenger that arrives in the country to avoid the spread of the virus. The outcome of that exercise will show us the way, and determine when we can reopen our border by air. I am hoping that, by God’s grace, we will be ready to do so by 1st September,” the President said.
He stressed: “Until further notice, our borders, by air, land and sea, remain closed to human traffic. For Ghana residents stranded abroad, special dispensation will continue to be given for their evacuation back to Ghana, where they will be subjected to the mandatory quarantine and safety protocols”.
Ghana’s case count
“Currently, there are no recorded COVID-19 cases in the North East, Savannah, Upper East and Upper West Regions, and I charge their residents to do everything possible to maintain that situation. Greater Accra, Ashanti, Central, Eastern, and Western continue to be the Regions with the highest number of active cases.
“Thus far, a total of forty thousand, five hundred and sixty-seven (40,567) persons have recovered from the virus. This means our recovery rate has improved from 89.5% to 95.1% in three weeks. Our death rate continues, mercifully, to be low at zero-point five percent (0.5%).
” Happily, there are no backlogs of tests at any of our testing centres, meaning that situational reports are up to date. Indeed, tests results that used to take weeks are now available within forty-eight (48) hours. We have, so far, conducted 427,121 tests,” President Akufo-Addo revealed.