Ghana orders full border closure to slow coronavirus spread

Ghana closes its borders on Sunday midnight

Ghana is locking down its borders, imposing a two-week entry ban on nonessential travel to slow the spread of the coronavirus.

President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo announced the measure Saturday night, saying it does not apply to “goods and cargos.”

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The ban will go into effect exactly midnight Sunday.

“All our borders will be closed to human traffic for the next two weeks,” the President said.

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President Akufo-Addo said anybody who “comes into [the country] before midnight on Sunday will be mandatorily quarantined.”

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Ghana has recorded 19 cases of coronavirus infection since the first two were announced last Thursday. One person has been reported dead.

The Health Ministry is tracing about 300 contacts.

“We must do everything within our power to contain the spread,” President Akufo-Addo charged, pleading with Ghanaians to adhere to the basic rules of handwashing and social distancing.

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