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Ghana To Reopen International Airport After Five Months

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Ghana To Reopen International Airport After Five Months

Ghana says it will reopen its air borders to international travel from tomorrow, September the first. International flights were closed five months ago to contain the spread of the Coronavirus.

President Nana Akufo-Addo said in a speech to the nation on Sunday, there has been a drop in active Coronavirus cases in Ghana.

All travellers arriving in Ghana will be required to present proof of a negative Covid-19 test result done within 72 hours before departure.

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They will also be required to pay or test on arrival at the airport.  Results will be available within 30 minutes.

Those who test positive will undergo further assessment and treatment. But children under five will not be tested.

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All passengers are also expected to observe the safety protocols including mandatory wearing of masks.

The government says it will sanction airlines that fail to comply with the government directives. Akufo-Addo said land and sea borders will remain closed.

Ghana has experienced a continued decrease in the number of Covid-19 active cases which are now just more than 1,000 out of over 44,205 confirmed cases.

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Before the Coronavirus pandemic, the main Kotoka International Airport in the capital, Accra, handled about 24,500 passengers arriving from abroad every week.

Domestic flights resumed three months ago.

But the country’s land and sea borders remain shut.

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Kenya Extends COVID-19 Curfew For Two Months But Reduces Hours

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Kenyan president Uhuru Kenyatta has extended the nationwide curfew put in place to curb the spread of the new coronavirus but it would now end two hours later at 11pm.

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Kenyatta, also lifted a ban on the sale of alcohol in restaurants and bars, saying the covid-19 infections curve had been flattened.

Since the country recorded its first case of coronavirus in March, more than 38,000 persons have been infected with the virus with 691 fatalities reported so far.

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Uganda: Sickle Cell Awareness Fundraising Campaign Launched

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Uganda: Sickle Cell Awareness Fundraising Campaign Launched

A sickle cell awareness fundraising campaign has been launched by Uganda’s ministry of health to create awareness about sickle cell disease and to provide free screening services to stakeholders.

The exercise is expected to help give specialized health care, to promote awareness and testing, and to provide tele-medicine services.

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The campaign is a joint effort with CTI Africa Uganda sickle cell rescue foundation.

A study has shown a prevalence of sickle cell trait at a very high rate of more than thirteen percent.  As a result, health authorities have called for premarital and newborn screening.

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The ministry’s director-general for health services, Dr. Henry Nwebesa, says the ministry will strengthen partnerships and ensure every sickle cell child is able to live a quality life.

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Sickle cell is a chronic illness that effects people from childhood and restricts them for participating in many activities that could affect their conditions.

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Ivory Coast President Says New West African Currency Launch May Take Five Years

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Ivory Coast President Says New West African Currency Launch May Take Five Years

The plan to launch a new currency to replace the CFA franc-being used by several French speaking west African countries has been postponed. Ivory coast president Alessane Ouattara, said the coronavirus pandemic has derailed the project to introduce the eco currency this year.

Last December, the eight countries of west Africa’s monetary union decided to sever the financial colonial link with France by switching to a new currency called the Eco, which the union says would be pegged to the European Union’s euro. Other countries that do not use the CFA franc, like Nigeria and Ghana, are also interested in adopting the new regional currency.

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The plan has been affected by the economic fallout of the global COVID-19 pandemic. The Eco launch may not happen for at least five years. The international monetary fund predicts sub-Saharan Africa’s economy will contract by more than 3% this year.

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Nations in the bloc, former French colonies, like Benin, Mali, Niger and Senegal have agreed to work towards reducing their budget deficits to below 3% of GDP, a measure of the value of their economies.

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