Shirley Ayorkor Botchwey, Minister of Foreign Affairs of Ghana

The government of Ghana has advised its citizens to cancel or postpone all non-essential travel to countries with extremely high rates of COVID-19 infection.

The Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Regional Integration of Ghana, in a statement on Thursday, April 29, 2021, said that the advice was based on the high rate of COVID-19 infections in some parts of the world, particularly in Asia and the Americas. from the south.

“Given the alarming rate of COVID-19 infections in parts of the world, including Asia and South America, the Ghana Health Service wishes to advise the general public to cancel or postpone all non-essential travel to countries with a COVID-19 infection. Extremely high COVID-19. rate, “said the statement.

India is one of the countries in Asia where the infection rate has skyrocketed in recent days. The number of infections in India has surpassed 17 million in recent days, and the official death toll now exceeds 190,000.

Shashi Tharoor, former UN Under-Secretary-General and former Indian Minister of State for Foreign Affairs and Minister of State for Human Resources Development, notes that: “India launched its vaccination campaign almost two months ago. After the UK, but in April, only 37% of healthcare workers, and only 1.3% of India’s 1.4 billion people, had been fully immunized. Only 8% had received at least one vaccine. “

Brazil is also struggling to contain the rise in COVID-19 infections. The BBC reports that “the death toll from COVID-19 in the South American country has exceeded 400,000, the second highest in the world, as the country continues to struggle with its vaccination program.

The report notes that there were 3,001 deaths in 24 hours, after a peak of more than 4,000 was reached in early April. The 14-day average of deaths and cases remains high, but has decreased slightly.