Border closure: unapproved routes hinder Akufo Addo’s directive

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All borders in Ghana have been shutdown partially to it’s neighbors to stop the spread COVID-19. This was announced by President Nana Akufo Addo and the directive takes effect today.

The directive is strictly on human movement and exception to vehicles carrying goods for trade purposes.

The directive according to the President was necessitated by the increase of positive cases increasing in the country with neighboring Burkina Faso recording high numbers of the diseases.

Confirmed cases in Ghana stands at 21 at the moment while projections are that more cases are likely to be added.

In a televised address to Ghanaians, President Akufo Addo said “all our borders, that is by land, sea and air, will be closed to human traffic for the next two weeks, beginning midnight on Sunday. Anybody who comes into the country, before midnight on Sunday, will be mandatorily quarantined and tested for the virus. This closure will not apply to goods, supplies and cargo.

However, the directive may not be effective as expected because of the porous nature of the borders.

Checks by A1 News at all the borders in the Upper East Region revealed that though security officials have complied with the directive, tracking and dealing with illegal entries into Ghana is a major challenge since there are several unapproved routes.

Source:A1tadioonline.com|101.1MHZ|Ghana

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