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President AKufo-Addo has ordered an extension of the closure of Ghana’s borders for the next two weeks.

The extension, contained in an Executive Instrument, EI 66, is expected to take effect on midnight, Sunday, April 5, 2020, by which time an initial order he gave which took effect from Sunday, March 22 would have elapsed.

The restrictions on movement in and out of the country affect land, air and sea borders but do not affect the movement of cargo, particularly, of essential products.

In a Twitter post, Saturday, Information Minister Kojo Oppong Nkrumah explained the extension is to ensure that the country minimizes the risk of importing COVID-19.

“Hi Folks, 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.

“This is to ensure that the risk of importation of COVID-19 cases will remain curtailed while we focus on the enhanced tracing and testing program currently underway.

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

He expressed appreciation for the cooperation so far and thanked the frontline workers for their enormous sacrifice to help the country go through this successfully.

 “We continue to thank essential service providers who are at the frontlines of this COVID-19 response program. We also thank the people of Ghana for their cooperation thus far. #ThisTooShallPass” he concluded his tweets.

Ghana has 205 confirmed cases of COVID-19  with about 50 at the last stages of recovery.

5 people have unfortunately lost their lives to the virus.

In addition to the border closures, the country has intensified education on prevention, health and safety protocols to observe in keeping the virus out, ensured the closure of all educational institutions and currently undergoing a 2-week lockdown within which period enhanced surveillance and testing is taking place.

Source: ABCNewsGh.com 







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