COVID-19: Ghana returns Accra-bound BA flight; UK to extend visas for stranded Ghanaians

COVID-19: Ghana returns Accra-bound BA flight; UK to extend visas for stranded Ghanaians

- A British Airways flight bound for Accra on Monday, March 23 was not allowed to land in Ghana

- On March 21, 2020, the Government of Ghana announced the closure of the country’s borders due to increase in cases of coronavirus (COVID-19)

- Meanwhile, the UK has announced it will extend visas for stranded Ghanaians and non-Britons

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Government has prevented a British Airways bound flight to Ghana despite an initial agreement for the British High Commission to evacuate some 360 UK nationals from Ghana to the UK.

According to Citi News sources, the initial agreement between the Ghana Civil Aviation Authority and the British High Commission in Accra did not get the approval and permission from the Office of the President.

Ghana announced a ban on travels in and out of the country’s borders as a way of preventing the spread of the coronavirus.

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Ghana’s ban on travels will be in place for the two weeks after which government will review based on the latest development in the country.

The West African nation has currently recorded 68 positive cases of the COVID-19 and three deaths according to data from the Ghana Health Service.

Meanwhile, the government of the UK has also issued travel advice concerning the coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak vis-à-vis UK visa applicants for temporary UK residents who may be stranded in that country as a result of the virus.

The advice published on Tuesday, March 24, 2020, also covers visa applicants in the UK, visa customers outside of the UK and British nationals overseas who need to apply for a passport but affected by travel restrictions associated with coronavirus.

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If you’re in the UK and your leave expires between 24 January 2020 and 31 May 2020, your visa will be extended to 31 May 2020 if you cannot leave the UK because of travel restrictions or self-isolation related to coronavirus (COVID-19)”.

The UK government said such persons must contact the Coronavirus Immigration Team (CIT) to update their records if their visa is expiring.

YEN.com.gh earlier reported that former Black Stars captain, Asamaoh Gyan is urging well-to-do Ghanaians and celebrities to assist government in anyway they can to help curb the spread of the COVID-19 pandemic.

The footballer, in a video on Twitter, said celebrities in Ghana should help the less privileged in the wake of this novel outbreak.

He also prayed Ghanaians to unite and help protect one another against the pandemic.

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