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Cancel or postpone non-essential traveling to Covid-19 hotspot countries – Akufo-Addo

The president, Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo has reiterated the travel directive jointly issued by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Regional Integration and the Ghana Health Service, that all non-essential trips to countries with high COVID-19 should be postponed or canceled.

The directive, which was announced in April 2021 aimed at curbing down the spread of the novel coronavirus disease in the country.

In his 25th address to the nation on measures taken to combat the spread of the virus on Sunday, May 16, 2021, the President said, “I want to reiterate, as captured in the travel directive jointly issued by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Regional Integration and the Ghana Health Service, that all non-essential trips to countries with high COVID-19 infection rates should either be canceled or postponed. There will be plenty of time, God-willing, for such trips in the future. We will continue to review our travel restriction measures.”

To prevent fake COVID-19 PCR certificates being used to enter our country, President Akufo-Addo noted that “Government, through the Ministry of Health, has begun the process of digitising PCR test results to ensure ease of verification. The technology platform being used at KIA is based on standards set by the Africa Trust Travel and ECOWAS Biomars. All travelers arriving in Ghana must have test results or certificates bearing the trusted travel or biomars codes to be acceptable at KIA.”

He added that his administration has re-evaluated quality checks on testing at KIA, and is satisfied with the sensitivity and specificity of the testing regime there.

“All arriving passengers who test positive will follow the laid down procedure. Those who test negative from designated COVID-19 hotspots, and testing negative at KIA, may be subjected to a repeat test on the third day of arrival,” he averred.

 

By: Bernard Ralph Adams | Originalfmonline.com | Ghana

 

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