By Chinenye Festus:-
Kotoka International Airport, located outside the capital Accra, was closed in March along with other border points in a bid to contain the virus in the West African country. Ghana’s President Nana Akuffo-Addo announced that the nation’s international airport will reopen on Tuesday but with new regulations in place to curb the spread of the coronavirus pandemic.
In a nationwide broadcast late Sunday, the President said “I am glad to announce that Kotoka International Airport will reopen and resume operations from Tuesday, 1st September 2020,” President Nana Akufo-Addo said in a nationwide broadcast late Sunday.
“Any passenger arriving in Ghana must be in possession of a negative Covid-19 PCR test result from an accredited laboratory in the country of origin,”
The test should have been done not more than 72 hours before their departure. he said. He further stated that arriving passengers must undergo a Covid-19 test at the airport terminal at their own cost, only children under five will be exempted, he said.
“Passengers, who test positive for Covid-19, will be handled by the health authorities for further clinical assessment and management.”
The President maintained that these safety measures are put in place to prevent passengers coming into Ghana and going out from Ghana from bringing the virus into the country.
The virus has so far infected 44,205 people and claimed 276 lives in the country of around 30 million people. The President, therefore, urged all airline operators to ensure that they adhere strictly to these safety measures wishing to travel to Ghana and those arriving so that everyone will be free from the virus.
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