Covid – 19: take necessary precautions when traveling to China – Govt warns

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The government of Ghana has warned Ghanaians against traveling to China as Covid-19 cases spike in the Asian country.

In a travel alert, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Regional Integration, said as much as possible, only essential trips should be undertaken until further notice.

The Foreign Affairs Ministry also stated that effective Friday, January 6, all persons traveling from China to Ghana will be required to produce a 48-hour negative PCR test and will be subjected to mandatory antigen testing at a point of entry at no cost until further notice. 

Covid-19 cases have increased rapidly in China in recent months, following the country’s relaxation of Covid rules.

While official estimates the number of Covid cases per day at 4,000, scientists believe the figure is closer to 1 million. Analysts believe that official death tolls are similarly unreliable. The Chinese government’s lack of transparency, as well as the lack of trust in what it says about its domestic outbreak, has sparked concern around the world.

China intends to lift its travel ban on January 8, 2023. During the height of the COVID-19 pandemic in 2020, China imposed travel restrictions.

The United States, Italy, Japan, Taiwan, and India are among the countries that have already implemented strict checks on flights arriving from China.

The UK also requires travelers from China to provide a pre-departure negative test.

In addition, the UK Health Security Agency will soon start monitoring a sample of passengers to keep track of any new variants arriving.

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