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Sports News of Tuesday, 31 March 2020

Source: Ghana Soccernet

Midfielder Joseph Paintsil handed permission to travel to native Ghana amid coronavirus crisis

Racing Genk midfielder Joseph Paintsil has been permitted to travel to Ghana but remains unclear if he will be allowed into the West African nation due to the shutdown of the country's airspace over the Coronavirus pandemic.

The 22-year-old has been told he can fly out to Africa next week after the Belgian side permitted their foreign players to return to their home countries.

But it remains to be seen if the Ghana youth star will be allowed into the country following a shutdown of the country's airspace.

The Ghana government has shut down the airspace and closed borders as a measure to contain the deadly coronavirus which has affected over 100 citizens.

Over 1,000 Ghanaians have been placed under mandatory quarantine since arriving in the country.

It appears impossible that the midfielder will be allowed to travel to his native country due to the directive from President Nana Akufo-Addo.

This means Paintsil may as well stay in Belgium as scientists battle to find a vaccine for the virus which has wreaked havoc globally.

Several countries including Ghana are currently under lockdown amid a global crisis that threatens humanity.