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U.S. asks citizens to ‘reconsider travel to Ghana’ due to COVID-19

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Isaac Kaledzi
Isaac Kaledzi
Isaac Kaledzi is an experienced and award winning journalist from Ghana. He has worked for several media brands both in Ghana and on the International scene. Isaac Kaledzi is currently serving as an African Correspondent for DW.

The United States government through its Department of State has issued Travel Advisory to American citizens planning to travel to Ghana.

The U.S. embassy in Ghana on it’s website said the Centers for Diseace Control and Prevention (CDC) issued a Level 3 Travel Health Notice for Ghana due to COVID-19.

Ghana this month resumed international air travels after opening its air-borders amid the coronavirus pandemic.

But the U.S. government is advising its citizens to reconsider traveling to Ghana due to the pandemic.

Ghana has over 46,000 confirmed coronavirus cases with 297 deaths and over 45,000 recoveries.

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The US alone has over 200,000 deaths from Covid-19 with millions of confirmed cases as it leads the world as one of the most affected countries globally.

Meanwhile the US embassy in its alert to American citizens said Ghana also has cases of “violent crime, such as street mugging, is more frequent in urban areas as compared to their surrounding suburbs. These crimes are also more prevalent at night and in isolated locations.”

It added that “armed assaults on private vehicles and public transports occur more frequently after dark, often by criminal elements using blockades to slow down and restrict movement of vehicles.”

U.S. citizens traveling in Ghana have also been advised according to the alert to “exercise caution while visiting border areas, in particular the northern border, and be sure to stay abreast of any regional Travel Advisory updates or Security Alerts affecting those areas.”

“Civil unrest due to tribal disputes can occur at any time. While such disputes are typically non-violent, the likelihood for violence developing from a tribal dispute is greater in parts of these regions,” the alert concluded.


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