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23 Mar 2020 | 12:18 PM UTC

Ghana: Authorities close borders as of March 22 /update 2

Ghana News Alert

Ghanaian authorities close borders as of March 22; confirm travel itineraries

TIMEFRAME expected from 3/23/2020, 12:00 AM until 4/15/2020, 11:59 PM (Africa/Accra). COUNTRY/REGION Ghana

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Event

On Saturday, March 21, President Nana Akufo-Addo announced the closure of the country's borders as of Sunday, March 22, for a period of two weeks to limit the spread of the coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak in the country. As such, the country will be closed to all but returning Ghanaians and foreign nationals with Ghanaian residence permits. They will all be subject to a 14-day mandatory quarantine if returnees show symptoms of the virus.

As of March 23, there are 21 confirmed COVID-19 cases and one confirmed death nationwide. Further international spread of the virus is expected.

Context

The first case of COVID-19 was reported on December 31 and the source of the outbreak has been linked to a wet market in Wuhan (Hubei province, China). Human-to-human and patient-to-medical staff transmission of the virus have been confirmed. Many of the associated fatalities have been due to pneumonia caused by the virus.

Cases of the virus have been confirmed in numerous countries and territories worldwide. Virus-screening and quarantining measures are being implemented at airports worldwide, as well as extensive travel restrictions. On March 11, the World Health Organization (WHO) declared the global outbreak a pandemic.

Pneumonia symptoms include dry cough, chest pain, fever, and trouble breathing. Pneumonia can be contagious and can be transmitted from human to human. The influenza virus, or the flu, is a common cause of viral pneumonia.

Advice

Measures adopted by local authorities evolve quickly, and are usually effective immediately. Depending on the evolution of the outbreak in other countries, authorities are likely to modify, at very short notice, the list of countries whose travelers are subject to border control measures or entry restrictions upon their arrival to the territory in question. It is advised to postpone nonessential travel due to the risk that travelers may be refused entry or be subject to quarantine upon their arrival or during their stay.

To reduce the risk of transmission, travelers are advised to abide by the following measures:

  • Frequently clean hands by applying an alcohol-based hand rub or washing with soap and water.
  • When coughing and sneezing, cover mouth and nose with a flexed elbow or tissue; if used, throw the tissue away immediately and wash hands.  
  • If experiencing a fever, cough, and difficulty breathing, seek medical care urgently and share your previous travel history with your health care provider.

 

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