The American Centre for Disease Control (CDC) has put Ghana among the highest risk country for COVID-19 and has advised its citizens from travelling to Ghana.
In its latest Travel Health Notice (THN), the CDC places Ghana at the highest risk level of Level four out of four levels.
Level One indicates low risk, while Level Four indicates “Very High”.
“Travel increases your chances of getting and spreading COVID-19. CDC recommends that you do not travel at this time. Travelers should avoid all travel to Ghana,” the CDC wrote on its website in its latest COVID-19 alerts.
“All air passengers coming to the United States, including U.S. citizens, are required to have a negative COVID-19 test result or documentation of recovery from COVID-19 before they board a flight to the United States,” the country with the world’s largest COVID-19 infection rate warned, as it begins to restrict travels to the US.
The CDC claims in the past 28 days, Ghana has recorded over 100 cases per 100,000 inhabitants and has put Ghana among a list of about 150 countries categorized under the “Very High” ratings by the CDC.
These include countries in Europe that are recording deaths in the tens of thousands.
Incidentally, China where the coronavirus originated from is rated as “Low Risk”, alongside countries like Australia, Benin, New Zealand, Taiwan, Vietnam, etc.
According to the Ghana Health Services, the number of active COVID-19 cases in Ghana is about 7,866 as the country added 702 new cases to its tally in the past couple of days. So far, 561 people have died and a total of some 69,300 have recovered from the infection.
The rising rate of COVID-19 cases has been blamed on government negligence and selective enforcement of the social distancing protocols.
President Akufo Addo and his ministers have been seen partying with reckless abandon even when government communication spokespersons were warning citizens to restrict partying.
Ghana’s number of deaths and infection rate had relatively stabilized in the latter part of 2020, however, politicians threw all caution to the air when they mobilized massive rallies of supporters as they campaigned for the December 7, 2020, general elections.
The recent spike in infection rate is being attributed to the campaign season.
A number of top government officials have been killed by COVID-19 related complications, including the National Security Coordinator, Joshua Kyeremeh, the CEO of the Forestry Commission, Kwadwo Owusu-Afriyie.
Meanwhile, the Finance Minister, Ken Ofori-Atta has been flown out of the country to the US due to alleged complications from his COVID-19 infection.