Kuwait Deports some 286 Africans Amidst Coronavirus Concerns

 

About 286 Africans, reported to be living in Kuwait illegally, have been deported. The deportees, 243 of whom were Ghanaians and 43 Togolese arrived in a Kuwaiti chartered flight at the Kotoka International Airport, Accra- Ghana on Saturday May 23.

 

They were met on arrival by Ghanaian government officials who took turns to address them. After the welcome session, the Ghanaians among them were taken to some Covid-19 isolation centres, in consonance with the country's Covid-19 prevention protocols, while the Togolese proceeded to Lome, Togo.

 

As contained in the Information Minister, Kojo Oppong Nkrumah's earlier media briefing on the event, the deported Ghanaians will undergo a mandatory 14-day quarantine in the various isolation centers after which they will move out to join their respective families.

 

While under quarantine, the returnees will be tested for their coronavirus status.

 

Aviation Minister, Joseph Kofi Adda, who welcomed the returnees on behalf of President Akufo-Addo and the people of Ghana, advised them to adhere to the protocols pertaining to containing the virus.

 

Although official information circulating at the airport left to understand that the deportees were sent out of Kuwait because they did not possess legal documents to stay there, indiscretions gathered here and there revealed that it was the coronavirus scare that pushed the Kuwaiti authorities to round them up for deportation. Some of the deportees could be heard saying loud and clear that they had legal residency documents.