GHANA MULLS REOPENING BORDERS BY SEPTEMBER 1
President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo of Ghana has said he is working to reopen the country's borders by September 1.
During his 15th national address on measures taken against the spread of COVID-19 on Sunday, August 16, President Akufo-Addo said the reopening of the borders would depend on the country's ability to carry out a Coronavirus test on all passengers.
Speaking mainly on flight operations, the President explained that he wants to ensure that Ghana can test every single passenger who arrives in the country to avoid the spread of the virus.
"I know many still ask whether our borders, especially our international airport, Kotoka International Airport will be opened. Under my instructions, the Ministry of Aviation, the Ghana Civil Aviation Authority (GCAA) and the Ghana Airports Company Limited (GACL) have been working with the Ministry of Health and its agencies to ascertain our readiness to reopen our airport," the President said.
"I want to ensure that we are in a position to test every single passenger who arrives in the country to avoid the spread of the virus. The outcome of that exercise will show us the way and determine when we can reopen our border by air.
The President pointed out that the recovery rate of the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) in Ghana has improved from 89.5 percent to 95.1 percent in the last three weeks, said he hopes the country would have built capacity to test passengers arriving in Ghana in the coming weeks.
"I'm hoping that by God's grace, we will be ready to do so by September 1. Until further notice, our borders by air, land and sea remain closed to human traffic," President Akufo-Addo said.
"Beaches, pubs, cinemas and nightclubs are still to remain closed until further notice", he added.