The first batch of Ghanaians stranded in the United States due to the COVID-19 pandemic, have arrived back home in Ghana.
The group of 41 evacuees, majority of whom were students on a US State Department-sponsored exchange programme, landed at the Kotoka International Airport around 9am Saturday morning.
“The exchange program was supposed to be for ten months. So we were supposed to come back on June 8….But we left our various states on June 3, and then we went to the…to stay overnight and then we left,” one of the students told the media.
Government announced a few days ago that negotiations were underway to evacuate Ghanaians stranded in various countries as a result of the coronavirus pandemic.
Foreign Minister, Shirley Ayorkor Botchwey disclosed that the initial plan was to bring home those already captured in Nigeria, Ethiopia, Mauritania, China, UK, USA and UAE, if all goes well.
The contingent which arrived today have been checked into a hotel in Accra where they will undergo screening and a mandatory two-week quarantine.
Two more batches are expected to arrive later from the Turks and Caicos and Burkina Faso.