COVID-19 spike: US Center for Disease Control warns travelers to stay off Ghana

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The Centers for Disease Control (CDC) and Prevention in the United States of America (USA) has asked US citizens not to travel to Ghana because COVID-19 is “very high” in Ghana.

Extracts of a circular on its website indicate that Ghana is on Level 4 COVID-19 alert, which is the highest.

It therefore warned that traveling to Ghana may increase one’s chances of getting and spreading the disease and staying home is the best way to protect one’s self and others from contracting the disease.

“Travelers should avoid all travel to Ghana. If you must travel, talk to your doctor ahead of travel, especially if you are at increased risk for severe illness from COVID-19”, it stated.

“Airports, bus stations, train stations, and rest stops are all places travelers can be exposed to the virus. These are also places where it can be hard to social distance”, it said.

The circular further advised that “If you must travel, take steps before, during, and after travel to keep yourself and others from getting COVID-19.”

It also admonished travelers to delay traveling if they are awaiting results, test positive, sick or “if you have been around someone with Covid-19 in the past 14 days.”

Ghana is now recording at least 200 cases of Covid-19 daily, as revealed by President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo in his 22nd Covid-19 address to the nation.

The President also stated that the number of patients requiring hospitalization and intensive care is rising.

He described Ghana’s current Covid-19 status as worrying, saying “The number of severe cases, which stood at 18 a week ago, has increased sharply to 120.”

President Akufo-Addo did point out that quite a number of the cases of the new variant of Covid-19 recorded in the country were brought in by travels from abroad, while the recent spike is also attributable to persons who went for parties, funeral, events, office functions and others during the festive season without following safety protocols.

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