President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo has temporarily suspended foreign travels for all government officials, as part of government’s measures to prevent the outbreak of the Coronavirus (COVID-19) in Ghana.
A circular issued by the Chief of Staff at the Office of the President, Akosua Frema Osei-Opare, and addressed to all sector Ministers, their deputies, and other government officials stressed that only essential and critical foreign travels will be considered and, thereafter, approved.
“As part of measures to prevent the outbreak of the coronavirus (COVID-19) in Ghana, His Excellency the President of the Republic has directed that all foreign travels by public officials/officers should be temporarily suspended. Only critical travels will be considered. The directive, together with other measures being put in place by Government, is intended to protect the general public from contracting the virus. Please take note and ensure compliance,” the statement said.
This directive comes days after the President had indicated at the 63rd Independence Day celebration that the government had outlined some measures to protect Ghanaians against the disease.
The President had said non-essential travels to Ghana are being strongly discouraged from high-risk countries to prevent a spread of the disease.
He also highlighted other measures including strict checks at entry points and rigorous screening procedures.
In Africa, a total of 97 cases have been recorded as at midnight on Monday March 10, 2020.
Majority of the cases are in Egypt where 55 persons have been found to be with the virus and one person dying as a result.
In Algeria, 17 persons have caught the virus while in South Africa, seven have been recorded.
Senegal has four cases.
Official figures indicate that there are two persons each in Morocco, Cameroon, Nigeria and Tunisia who have the virus.
In neighbouring Togo, one case has been reported.
Global statistics for affected persons have surpassed 110,000 with over 4,000 deaths, majority of which occurred in China.