Coronavirus: Ghana reinforces security at its border with Togo and may ban circulation across it

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Monday, 16 March 2020 13:28
Coronavirus: Ghana reinforces security at its border with Togo and may ban circulation across it

(Togo First) - As the number of new cases of persons infected with the coronavirus rises in Ghana (four new cases making a total of six cases detected so far), the country plans to reinforce security at its border with Togo and may even forbid the movement of people. 

Regarding the ban, the Ghanaian government should soon hold a meeting to evaluate the question. In the meantime, authorities at the border will now be using a thermal scanner to detect potentially infected travelers. 

In Togo, only one case has been reported so far. The latter is being treated in quarantine. Meanwhile, in Senegal, just like in Ghana, the number of cases is on the rise (mostly imported) causing authorities to initiate isolation and forbid public manifestations. This surge may debunk the hypothesis stating that the virus’ spread could be hampered in hot regions.   

Indeed, while the virus had initially spared Africa, the number of affected people keeps increasing now. Yesterday, it was reported that so far 26 countries across the continent have been affected, namely: South Africa, Algeria, Burkina Faso, Cameroon, Central African Republic, Congo, Côte d’Ivoire, Egypt, Eswatini (formerly Swaziland), Ethiopia, Gabon, Ghana, Guinea, Equatorial Guinea, Kenya, Morocco, Mauritania, Namibia, Nigeria, DR Congo, Rwanda, Senegal, Sudan, Togo, and Tunisia. 

Reminder: Numbers to call to report potential cases in Togo are +228 22 22 20 73 / +228 91 67 42 42.

Ayi Renaud Dossavi

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