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Ghana: COVID-19 Pandemic – Ghana Lifts Restrictions At Ports of Entry

With immediate effect, the government has lifted all COVID-19 restrictions at the country’s ports of entry.

As such, pre-departure testing for COVID-19 and all other tests at Ghana’s entry points are no longer a requirement, so, has the health declaration form for international travellers been suspended.

These were contained in a statement issued yesterday by the Director General of the Ghana Health Service (GHS), Dr Patrick Kuma-Aboagye, following the announcement by the World Health Organisation (WHO) on May 5, 2023 that COVID-19 was no longer a Public Health Emergency of International Concern (PHEIC).

According to the international health body, globally, there are decreasing numbers of deaths and hospitalisations with high levels of population immunity against the SARS-CoV-2 virus.

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Consequently, although the disease remains a global health threat, countries could now transition from emergency mode to managing COVID-19 alongside other infectious diseases.

Giving an update on Ghana’s situation, Dr Kuma-Aboagye noted that over the past five months, there has been a sustained decline of COVID-19 cases.

“As of May 15, 2023, there were only 18 active cases none of which is severe or critical. The only COVID-19 death in 2023 was in January,” he said.