President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo, has stated on his latest update on Ghana’s enhanced response to the Coronavirus Pandemic, on Wednesday, 15th December 2021 that land borders still remain closed indefinitely to prevent a potential fourth wave of Covid-19 infections in the country.
According to the President, the decision to close land borders, which are a source of livelihoods for many, was necessary because they wanted to limit the importation of the virus into the country.
“We are monitoring the level of threat of the disease and ongoing vaccinations in our neighbouring countries, and, as soon as we are satisfied that it is safe to do so, the borders will be opened.” Akufo-Addo noted
Some Members of Parliament and residents in border towns have protested against the prolonged closure of Ghana’s land borders that began when the pandemic broke out last year. Only transit cargo trucks are exempt from the border closure.
President Akufo-Addo said, “Until then, I believe this is not the right time to reopen our land borders, especially as we are determined to prevent a 4th wave, and, as such, they will remain closed until further notice.”
Ghana Health Service statistics indicate that as at Sunday, December 12, some two million and forty-two thousand, thousand, seven hundred and seventy-eight (2,042,778) tests have been conducted, out of which one hundred and thirty-one thousand, nine hundred and eleven (131,911) positive cases have been recorded. One hundred and twenty-nine thousand, six hundred and eighty-three (129,683) persons have recovered, meaning that, presently, the number of active cases, that is the number of people with the virus, stands at nine hundred and seventy-three (973) persons. In as much as this represents some degree of good news, we have, sadly, had one thousand, two hundred and fifty-five (1,255) persons dying from COVID-19.
Ghana has so far administered 6.4 million doses out of the 17.7 million vaccines available in the country.