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General News of Thursday, 2 July 2020

Source: Daily Mail

Another batch of stranded Ghanaians in UK return today

Ghanaian authorities have announced dates for the evacuation of citizens stranded in the United Kingdom following the outbreak of the novel Coronavirus.

The country’s Foreign Affairs Ministry had earlier announced July 2 and 9, 2020 as dates to evacuate the two groups respectively.

“For the first date, a departure from Heathrow will be on 1st[July] and for the 9th, a departure from Heathrow with be on 8th,” a statement from the Ministry said.

“It should be noted that the affected persons must have paid for the cost of hotel reservations directly to the hotels prior to departure,” the statement, however, indicated.

Already over 300 Ghanaians in the UK have been brought back home. The returnees paid for hotel bills and their flight. This will be the third and fourth evacuation exercise by the Ministry.

Authorities have been outlining other measures to prevent any further outbreak of the virus during the evacuation process and this include:

Interested persons who are willing to pay for the cost of travel should visit the website of Emirates for further details.

Passengers are to carry the appropriate PPE ie. Face masks before boarding the flight.

All passengers are also to note that they will cover the cost of the mandatory 14-day quarantine with a possible extension to 31 days depending on the individual cases.

The cost of quarantine as indicated below per night must be paid directly to a selected hotel before passengers are allowed to travel.

Eligible national and Resident Permit holders who are prepared to pay for their cost of travel to Ghana must submit their details specified below to the Ghana High Commission as follows: not later than close of day on 1st July 2020 for the flight on 2nd July and not later than close of day on 7th July for the flight on 9th July 2020.

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