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Coronavirus: Ghana Embassy in Germany suspends Consular Services

Ghana Embassy in Berlin, Germany, has suspended all activities in its Consular Section for the next 14 days because of the ongoing coronavirus threats. Ghanaians join the other Africans in Germany whose Embassies have been closed down to curb the spread of the virus.

“The Embassy of Ghana in Berlin wishes to inform the general public that following the increasing number of cases of coronavirus infection in Germany, it has become necessary to temporarily suspend activities at the Consular section for the next two weeks with effect from Wednesday 18th March 2020 as a precautionary measure,” the Embassy said in a statement.

The statement however didn’t specifically indicate when the Consular services will be resumed at the Ghana Embassy.

This move is part of measures to protect the Embassy staff and the public from contracting the virus. The Nigerian and Ugandan embassies in Berlin have also suspended consular services.

Many public offices around the world have been forced to close down or reduce to a minimum their operations.

Four new cases of the novel Coronavirus have been recorded in Ghana bringing the total number of confirmed cases in the country to six.

The Government has issued a travel advisory strongly discouraging all travel to Ghana until further notice.

“Any traveller, except for Ghanaian citizens and persons with Ghana residence permits, who, within the last 14 days, has been to a country that has recorded at least 200 cases of Covid-19, will not be admitted into the Ghanaian jurisdiction,” the Government said.

All travellers allowed to enter Ghana will be subjected to a mandatory 14-day self-quarantine.

Ghana’s President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo has directed the closure of all schools in the country until further notice. This includes all Universities, Senior High Schools, and basic schools. Also, all public gatherings, such as conferences, workshops, funerals, festivals, political rallies, sporting events and religious activities have also been suspended for the next four weeks.