Information Minister, Kojo Oppong Nkrumah has disclosed that two Italians who were coming to Ghana have been prevented from getting off the aircraft because of the country’s high risk to the coronavirus infection.
The move is in strict adherence to a travel ban announced at a joint press briefing by the Ministry of Information, Ministry of Health and the Ghana Health Service and re-echoed by President Akufo-Addo.
The travel restrictions placed a ban on travels from countries with more than 200 cases of the deadly COVID-19 which has claimed more than 7,000 lives globally.
According to Mr. Oppong Nkrumah, government received a notification that the two were aboard a flight about to enter the country and were ordered to be sent back to their “originating destination.”
“They were two Italians who we were clear were coming from the epicenter. We had to make arrangements to ensure that they do not get off the aircraft and they are returned to their originating destination. So though we are yet to hit the 1 pm timeline today, some soft enforcement has already commenced at our ports of entry.”
As the President said, the guidelines that have been given are subject to review at every point in time, at this stage, this is what we believe is appropriate to do,” he added.
The World Health Organization on Wednesday, March 11, declared Europe the new “epicenter” of the global coronavirus pandemic since the continent is now recording more cases than any other continent.
Currently, Italy is the hardest hit and has recorded 27,980 infections and about 2,158 deaths thus far.
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