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President Akufo Addo extends border closures by one month

President Akufo-Addo has extended the closure of Ghana’s borders by one month. Addressing workers in a virtual May Day celebration on Friday (May 1, 2020) at the Ghana Broadcasting Corporation (GBC) in Accra, President Akufo-Addo said the extension takes effect Monday, May 4, 2020, at 1 am, and would elapse on May 31, 2020. The border closure, however, does not apply to goods, supplies, and cargo. The President in his address explained that the decision is to prevent travelers from importing the virus into Ghana.

He said: “With the suspension of all public gatherings still in force and our schools still closed, government has taken the decision to extend further the closure of borders for a month effective 1 am of 4th May until Sunday, the 31st of May, 2020. We know that the overwhelming majority of positive cases came from travellers or contacts of travellers so we have no option than to keep our borders closed until we are confident that we have put in place measures to prevent travellers from importing the virus.”

The President in making the announcement said, these restrictions cannot and will not be a permanent feature of our lives but they are for now essential for “our survival.”

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