World · July 7, 2022

Ghana will fine airlines for bringing unvaccinated passengers into the country

The operator of Ghana’s main international airport will fine airlines $ 3,500 for every passenger they fly on who is not vaccinated against COVID-19 or who tests positive for coronavirus on arrival, it said on Dec.13.

The rule will go into effect on Tuesday at Kotoka International Airport in the capital Accra, Ghana Airports said. A move by the health ministry last week to require vaccination of all people entering Ghana follows.

The measures are among the toughest in Africa, where vaccine adoption has been challenged by lack of supply and logistical problems, although the new Omicron variant raises concerns about faster transmission of the virus.

Ghana’s tightening of restrictions comes as the European Investment Bank (EIB) announced a € 75 million ($ 85 million) investment loan to support its response to the pandemic, the largest support from this guy for a COVID-19 program in sub-Saharan Africa.

“Ghana has taken significant steps to manage the impact of COVID and to unlock long-term investment,” said EIB President Werner Hoyer.

Authorities this month launched a massive vaccination campaign ahead of a January 22 vaccination mandate for targeted groups, including government employees, health workers and students. He plans to recruit more health workers in order to double the daily inoculation from 140,000.

Ghana, a major West African economies that relies on exports of cocoa, gold and oil, has so far vaccinated just over 5% of its population of 30 million, according to data collected by Reuters.

His health service recorded 131,412 infections and 1,239 deaths from COVID-19, according to the data.

In the past two weeks, COVID-19 cases recorded at Kotoka airport have accounted for about 60 percent of total infections in the country, the health service said Friday.