Ghana’s airports are likely to open to international travel by September, Editor-in-Chief of the New Crusading Guide newspaper, Abdul-Malik Kweku Baako has has said.

He hinted at it on Saturday, 15 August 2020 on Accra-based Joy FM’s newsfile programme.

The move is aimed at giving Ghanaians outside the chance to fly down to register and vote in the upcoming 7 December polls, Mr Baako noted.

“In doing some checks within the corridors of power, a hint dropped into my ears; possibly, the airports might be reopened 1 September”, he revealed on the programme.

However, “the land borders will remain closed”, Mr Baako said.

Ghana’s air, sea and land borders were closed to human traffic in March after the country detected her first two cases of COVID-19.

The recent death of eight more COVID-19 patients in the country took the fatality toll to 231, the Ghana Health Service announced on its website.

So far, the total national case count is 42,063.

Some 39,993 of them have recovered and been discharged.

There are only 1,839 active cases now following the confirmation of 216 new cases.

Regional breakdown

Greater Accra Region – 20,970

Ashanti Region – 10,476

Western Region – 2,863

Eastern Region – 2,024

Central Region – 1,754

Bono East Region – 703

Volta Region – 630

Western North Region – 580

Northern Region – 472

Ahafo Region – 469

Bono Region – 468

Upper East Region – 282

Oti Region – 213

Upper West Region – 88

Savannah Region – 62

North East Region – 9