For the next four weeks, Ghanaian passport applicants will need to prove they urgently need the passport to serve a particular purpose before they are issued one.

Ghana Web reports the move forms part of precautionary measures by Ghana’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Regional Integration to combat the coronavirus and prevent its further spread in the country.

“In keeping with the government’s efforts to prevent the spread of COVID-19, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Regional Integration has instituted temporary measures with the acquisition of passports,” the ministry’s media statement read.

“Please note that only passport applications with ‘proof of emergency’ will be attended to for the next four weeks at all passport centres across the country beginning Tuesday, 17 March 17 2020,” the statement continues.

According to reports, Ghana has confirmed six cases of the Covid-19, with President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo announcing measures to curb the spread, including suspension of public gatherings for four weeks and closure of universities, senior secondary and basic schools until further notice.

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