Two Italian nationals have been prevented from entering Ghana on Monday due to the Coronavirus disease (COVID-19).
The Government of Ghana has announced a total travel ban for passengers who have been to countries where over 200 cases of the Covid-19 (Coronavirus) have been confirmed.
“Last night there were two Italians, who it was clear they were coming from the epicentre …even though the aircraft was still in the air, we had to make arrangements at the airport to ensure that they did not get off the aircraft and they are returned to their originating destination.
“So though we are yet to hit the 1 pm timeline today [Tuesday, March 17, 2020], some soft enforcement has already commenced at our ports of entry,” the Minister of Information, Mr Kojo Oppong Nkrumah said.
The government on Sunday announced that the total number of cases in Ghana is now six after four new cases were recorded on Friday and Saturday. All the cases were imported, officials confirmed. Three of the new cases were recorded in the capital, Accra with the other being recorded in the Ashanti region.
Below is the full travel advisory:
1. All travel to Ghana is strongly discouraged until further notice.
2. Any traveller, except for Ghanaian citizens, coming from or who has been to a country, that has recorded at least 200 cases of Covid-19 within the last 14 days, will not be admitted into the Ghanaian Jurisdiction. Airlines are instructed not to allow such persons to embark. Border posts are instructed not to allow such persons into the jurisdiction.
3. There will be a mandatory 14-day self-quarantine for persons who are otherwise allowed to enter the Ghanaian jurisdiction. Guidelines for self-quarantine will be availed at the various ports of entry.
Enforcement protocols are being deployed in collaboration with state security and health authorities.
4. Any admissible traveller, who exhibits symptoms of Covid-19 will be quarantined and tested upon reaching Ghana.
Source: Daily Mail GH