Some citizens of the United Kingdom resident in Ghana have been evacuated from Ghana to their home country following the COVID-19 pandemic that has forced Ghana to shut its land, sea and air borders in a bid to contain the spread of the virus.
This drastic yet necessary action by the Ghanaian Government left several persons stranded as they were unable to return to their home countries. Several foreign nationals resident in Ghana, including US citizens, UK citizens as well as Australian citizens were affected by the border closure.
Coming to the aid of stranded UK citizens, the British High Commissioner to Ghana, Iain Walker began negotiations with the Ghanaian government to repatriate affected UK citizens. These negotiations have proved to be fruitful as a total of 175 British nationals in Ghana have been united with their families on Saturday, April 4th, 2020. According to the High Commissioner, this is the 3rd batch of UK citizens to be evacuated.
The British High Commissioner to Ghana, Iain Walker took to his Twitter account to thank President Nana Akufo-Addo for making the repatriation possible despite the border closures.
“With thanks to @NAkufoAddo & @DominicRaab, our 3rd emergency charter flight left today for London, allowing a further 175 passengers to be reunited with their families in UK. Tackling COVID requires collaboration; our focus increases further on public health & the economy”
The keen efforts of the UK government via its High Commission to repatriate her citizens back to the uk has however sparked criticism for the Ghanaian government. Ghanaian citizens are accusing the government of neglecting Ghanaian citizens in severely affected countries such as Italy, China and Spain whilst fostering the repatriation of other foreign nationals in the country.
As at the 7th of April, 2020, the global total number of confirmed case of the COVID-19 pandemic which began in Wuhan, China is 1,359,854 with 75,959 deaths. Ghana has 287 confirmed cases of the COVID-19 and five deaths.