Ghana is facing a diplomatic hurdle as it attempts to repatriate Burkinabe and Guinean citizens who tested positive for coronavirus in Tamale, the Northern Region capital.

Northern Region Minister, Salifu Saeed, has disclosed that authorities in Guinea are reluctant to receive eight of their citizens who tested positive for coronavirus in Ghana.

The eight Guineans have been quarantined in Tamale.

“Our headache is that the Guinean authorities are saying they will not agree for us to return them,” the Minister said at a media briefing on Wednesday.

Also, two Burkinabes remain in quarantine in Ghana as their home country threaten to return Ghanaians who are critically ill in their country and receiving treatment.

Addressing the media in Tamale, the Northern Region capital, Mr Saeed said the Foreign Affairs Ministry is treading cautiously on the matter to prevent a diplomatic row.

Ban on prostitution

The Northern Regional Security Council has placed a ban on the activities of commercial sex workers in the region.

This directive is in line with the council’s attempt to curb the spread of Covid-19 in the region.

The region currently has 10 out of Ghana’s 195 confirmed cases of novel coronavirus.

Some of these carriers were also found out to be involved in prostitution, triggering the intention to place an embargo on the trade.

One of them, a Guinean lady, is said to have escaped mandatory quarantine as the security agencies launched a manhunt for her.