Coronavirus: Ghana strengthens border with Togo; too soon issue travel ban

Coronavirus: Ghana strengthens border with Togo; too soon issue travel ban

- Ghana has implemented measures at its border with Togo to detect the coronavirus among travellers

- It is expected to follow up with travel restrictions to and from the country

- Measures introduced at the border include a thermal scanner and training for border officials

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Ghana has taken steps to fortify security around its border with Togo in a bid to detect the virus in time.

This comes after both countries confirmed cases of the coronavirus which has resulted in the loss of lives around the world.

Briefly.co.za understands that the measures were confirmed by the Aflao Sector Commander of the Immigration Service, Chief Superintendent Fred Duadu.

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Speaking to Accra-based Joy FM, he indicated that "a thermal scanner has been installed at the border health post to help identify travellers who may be infected with the virus.”

Border officials have also been trained to handle people who may have been infected.

Per a Business Insider report, he added that everyone who travels from Togo to Ghana would be subjected to a screening process at the border.

Kojo Oppong Nkrumah, the minister of Information, has meanwhile stated that the government would soon impose travel restrictions to and from Ghana.

This comes after restrictions were placed on all foreign trips by public officials.

According to him, a meeting to be chaired by President Akufo-Addo would reach a decision on the matter shortly.

In other news, the health minister, Kwaku Agyemang-Manu has announced two confirmed cases of the deadly coronavirus otherwise known as COVID-19 in Ghana.

According to the Health Minister, the two persons tested positive after laboratory tests from the Noguchi Memorial Institute of Medical Research on Thursday, March 12.

A statement sighted by Briefly.co.za from the Ministry of Health indicates that the two confirmed cases were reported as ‘imported cases’ since both individuals returned to Ghana from Norway and Turkey.

He made this revelation while addressing an emergency press briefing organized by the Information ministry, Yesterday, March 12, 2020.

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Source: Briefly.co.za

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