Border closure extended to two weeks – Prez. Akufo-Addo

Border closure extended to two weeks – Prez. Akufo-Addo

President Akufo-Addo has today, April 4, 2020, extended the closure of Ghana’s borders by two weeks which starts from Sunday, April 5, 2020.

In a tweet by the Minister for Information, Kojo Oppong Nkrumah on Saturday, April 4, 2020, said;

“President @NAkufoAddo has by a new executive instrument, EI 66, extended the closure of Ghana’s borders by another two weeks effective midnight tomorrow April 5.”

“Mr President believes that these tough decisions are necessary to protect the lives of Ghanaians despite the inconvenience it causes to many,” he added.

 

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He said the extension of the border closure order is to ensure that there is no risk of importation of COVID-19 into Ghana while the country focuses on the enhanced contact tracing and the testing program currently underway.

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

In a past address by the president to the nation, he said:

“Anybody who comes into the country, before midnight on Sunday, will be mandatorily quarantined and tested for the virus,” the president noted in a television broadcast.

Additionally, he said the closure was to be in force for two weeks but will not affect cargo supply of goods.

Meanwhile, the total number of confirmed COVID-19 cases in the country as at 0900GMT on Saturday, April 4, 2020 pegs at 205 with five deaths and three recoveries.

Additionally, the affected region has also moved from 5 to 6 as one more region records its first case.

Regional breakdown

  • Greater Accra Region – 183
  • Northern Region – 10
  • Ashanti Region – 9
  • Upper West Region – 1
  • Upper East Region – 1
  • Eastern Region – 1