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Ghana’s President Says Airports May Reopen Next Month

Ghanaian president Nana Akufo-Addo has said that the country’s Kotoka International Airport may reopen on September 1 after measures are set in place to test arriving passengers for coronavirus.

In a bid to contain the spread of the virus, the airport which is located outside the capital Accra, was closed in March along with other border points.

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Akufo-Addo said “under my instructions, the ministry of aviation, the Ghana civil aviation authority and the Ghana Airports Co Ltd, have been working with the ministry of health and its agencies to ascertain our readiness to reopen our airport.”

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He added “I want to ensure that we are in a position to test every single passenger that arrives in the country to avoid the spread of the virus.”

As part of lockdown measures in March, schools were shut and public gatherings banned. Now, the government will put in place necessary preventive measures to allow students to return to school safely.

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So far, Ghana has recorded 42,653 cases since March, 239 of them fatal.

 

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Mali’s new interim president Bah Nda`w has been sworn into office today, Friday at a ceremony in the nation`s capital, Bamako.  The former defence minister and retired army colonel was picked by coup leader, Colonel Assimi Goita, to head a transitional government until elections are held. Colonel Assimi Goita, will serve as deputy president.

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Nda`w said, in his inauguration speech, that he will end militant insurgency in the country’s north and stop organized crime.

The military junta in Mali took over power and forced Ibrahim Boubacar Keïta out of office five weeks ago. ECOWAS leaders have overseen negotiations for a return to democracy.  The appointment of a civilian president was a condition for the west African regional group, ECOWAS, to lift the sanctions it earlier imposed after the coup.

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Mali leaders are hoping ECOWAS will lift sanctions on the country after the inauguration. The new government is expected to be in office for a transition period of 18 months that will lead to an election.

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