The government of Ghana has so far evacuated 856 stranded Ghanaians from various parts of the world due to the COVID-19 closure of borders.
Addressing the press on Tuesday, the Minister for Foreign Affairs, Shirley Ayorkor Botchwey said the government will continue to bring Ghanaians who are stranded home as restrictions around the world begin to ease.
“So far 856 Ghanaians have been brought home,” she said, adding that those evacuated Ghanaians are currently in quarantine.
She also revealed that the cost of hotel expenses for quarantined Ghanaians is high because several hotels are unwilling for their places to be used as quarantine centres.
“The cost is high because a lot of the hotels are not willing for their places to be used as quarantines, even if a small hotel agrees, the hotels are small, so you will have a hotel with five or four rooms so logistics will be a problem, security services will have to be put at these quarantines centres and that’s also a problem.
“So we are always looking for larger hotels to make it easier for us…we are trying to find ways of cutting down hotel cost, it’s substantial 600 a day for people who are stranded and may have used up all their monies.”