Information Minister

Ghanaian authorities said they would quarantine some 245 illegal Ghanaian immigrants to be deported from Kuwait to prevent the possibility of any of them importing the novel coronavirus into the country.

The Minister for Information Kojo Oppong Nkrumah told the media here on Friday that the decision was based on an agreement between the governments of the two countries.

“The government of Kuwait informed the government of Ghana about its intention to deport these Ghanaians who are in that country illegally and further requested permission to bring these persons into the Ghanaian jurisdiction,” the minister disclosed.

He added that the Ghanaian government subsequently granted the special permit for the admission of the deportees to Ghana on Saturday. This deportation is to be executed via a special charter flight arrangement at the cost of the Kuwaiti government.

Oppong Nkrumah said health workers would test each returnee for COVID-19 and quarantine them upon arrival and test them again after 14 days before their discharge from quarantine.

Ghana has sealed its entry points from March 22 to stop the spread of COVID-19 into the country. Enditem

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