Coronavirus: Ghana extends closure of borders by two weeks


Accra, Ghana, April 4 (Infosplusgabon) - Ghana's President Akufo-Addo has extended the closure of the country's borders by two weeks as it continues to take measures to contain Covid-19 (coronavirus).




The Minister for Information, Kojo Oppong Nkrumah, said in a tweet that the extension takes effect from midnight on 5 April.




The tweet 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.”




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 testing program currently underway.




The border closure, however, does not affect apply to goods, supplies and cargo.




Ghana has 205 confirmed cases with five deaths.




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






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