Hardly would you find a Ghanaian in Ghana talk without talk of coronavirus. The disease is gradually spreading in Ghana at an alarming rate. The confirmed cases in Ghana have swelled up to 6 and it is likely that there are unnoticed ones.

Kojo Oppong Nkrumah

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In the wake of coronavirus, the government of Ghana through the information minister Kojo Oppong Nkrumah on Sunday, 15 March 2020 has announced a temporal ban on foreigners whose countries have recorded over 200 confirmed cases of coronavirus except for Ghanaians and those with Ghana residents permit, not to be allowed into the country whether by flight, sea or road. Ghanaians in Ghana who want to travel to a West African country are advised not to do so. He added that any permissible immigrants who display symptoms of coronavirus will be quarantined.

The economic impact certainly could be felt in aviation and transport and goods shortage. It may hamper production as some are isolating themselves these days going on unplanned leave from work. Imports of goods are under great surveillance. Imports have reduced for some goods especially used goods.

Ghanaians are not ready to see a shortage, especially in the food supply in not too distant future if workable vaccines are not sold out earlier. Some countries like Isreal, Egypt, and others are making strides in the manufacture of coronavirus vaccines.

The decision of the Ghanaian government to temporarily ban foreign immigrants whose countries have recorded over 200 confirmed coronavirus cases was necessary. In fact, all the 6 recorded cases confirmed in Ghana are imported.



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