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29.04.2021 Health

Covid-19: Travelers who even test negative will self-isolate for 10 days — GHS tighten measures at KIA

Covid-19: Travelers who even test negative will self-isolate for 10 days — GHS tighten measures at KIA
LISTEN APR 29, 2021

The Ghana Health Service (GHS) and the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Regional Integration have jointly issued tougher measures to curb the COVID infection among travelers who arrive at the Kotoka International Airport (KIA).

This follows news about the high rate of infection being recorded at the KIA.

Among the measures introduced, all travelers who even test negative are to self-isolate for ten days before they come into contact with other persons.

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A statement issued by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs on Thursday April 29 said “In view of the alarming rate of infections of COVID-19 in some parts of the world especially in Asia and South America, the Ghana Health Service wishes to advise the general public to either cancel or postpone all nonessential travels to counties with exceedingly high COVID-19 infection rate.

“In addition, all travelers leaving and arriving in Ghana are to take note of the following; Only test results or certificate bearing trusted travel or Biomars Codes will be considered valid for travel out of Ghana.

“All arriving passengers who test negative for COVID-19 at the Airport are encouraged to self-isolate for ten 10 days.”

Ghana appears to be recording increasing cases of the deadly coronavirus at the Kotoka International Airport (KIA) among arriving passengers.

This has raised concern among officials.

The company tasked to conduct Covid-19 tests for travelling passengers, Frontiers Healthcare Services (FHS), consequently wrote to the Managing Director of the Ghana Airport Company (GACL) to shore up measures to arrest the situation.

In an earlier letter, FHS had expressed worry about an unprecedented number of 45 cases on Wednesday, April 21.

On Saturday, April 24, 75 positive cases were recorded.

Since the reopening of the Kotoka International Airport for business in September, last year, 231,911 tests have been conducted with 1,452 positive cases recorded.

“It has become imperative to implement new guidelines to curtail the influx of positive cases into the country,” Managing Director of FHS Dr Kudzo Seneadza wrote in his letter to Yaw Kwakwa.

---3news.com

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