Coronavirus: Government shuts down Kotoka Airport VIP

Coronavirus: Government shuts down Kotoka Airport VIP

- Kotoka Airport's VIP lounge has been closed down indefinitely over the Coronavirus disease (COVID-19)

- The shutdown was announced on Saturday, March 21, 2020, after Ghana's COVID-19 case reached 19

- It is to take immediate effect and be in place until the situation comes under control

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The VIP section at the Kotoka International Airport has been temporarily shut down over the Coronavirus disease (COVID-19) outbreak.

The shutdown announced by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Regional Integration takes effect from March 21, 2020.

Ghana has recorded 19 cases COVID-19 barely 10 days after the first two cases were confirmed. Out of the total, 16 have been designated as imported.

According to the ministry, the shutdown is to limit the number of such imports.

In a circular, the ministry stated that the VIP lounge will be reopened when the Coronavirus situation is brought under control.

"The decision is critical to secure Ghana’s borders and ports of entry especially KIA against any further importation of virus into the country.

In light of the foregoing, it has become mandatory for all inbound and outbound passengers including emergency cases to use the terminal 3 of the KIA and go through laid down arrival and departure protocols.

“Service at the VIP lounge would be restored when the situation is normalized,” the notes added.

Meanwhile, the government has set up a special Intensive Care Unit (ICU) for the Coronavirus disease.

The 16-bed facility is to treat complicated cases of Coronavirus especially patins who will suffer respiratory complications.

The facility is located at the University of Ghana Medical Centre (UGMC) at Legon in Accra.

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