‘This Is Not The Right Time To Reopen Land Borders’-President Akufo Addo On Covid-19 Measure
The President of the Republic of Ghana, H.E Nana Addo-Dankwa Akufo Addo has intimated that the country’s borders will continue to remain closed due to the prevailing Covid-19 situations, says it is not the right time to re-open them.
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During the 27th update on the measures taken by the government to curb the spread of the deadly virus, the President stated that the re-opening of land borders may open the floodgates for a 4th wave, and therefore it is inappropriate to do so.
According to him, the decision to keep the borders closed is to limit the importation of the virus from other countries into Ghana. He explained that the authorities are monitoring the level of the threat of the disease and ongoing vaccinations in neighboring countries, hence the moment the government realizes it is safe to re-open them, they will surely do so.
“As you know, the decision to close our borders, which are a source of livelihoods for many, was necessary because we wanted to limit the importation of the virus into the country. We are monitoring the level of the threat of the disease and ongoing vaccinations in our neighboring countries, as soon as we are satisfied it is safe to do so, the borders will be open. Until then, I believe this is not the right time to reopen our land borders, especially as we are determined to prevent the 4th wave, and, as such, they will remain closed until further notice”, he stated.
Meanwhile, he entreated Ghanaians to take the Covid-19 vaccination in order to clamp down the spread of the virus as the country prepares to manufacture its own vaccines.