The United States Embassy in Accra, Ghana has postponed its scheduled visa appointments.
In a statement posted on its Twitter handle, the Embassy said it was compelled to take this decision because of the Covid-19 pandemic and the “current conditions in Ghana”.
“The ongoing pandemic and current conditions in Ghana have compelled the postponement of some scheduled visa appointments”.
“U.S. Embassy Accra regrets the difficulties that the change in appointment date brings, and we understand the hardship that these actions have for those hoping to travel soon to the United States,” it stated.
The Embassy said it does not take these decisions lightly adding that they are committed to operating with the greatest consideration for the health of the staff and applicants.
The Embassy stated that they will resume services as soon as the Covid-19 situation in the country will allow.
Important Update on Visa Operations.
— U.S. Embassy Ghana (@USEmbassyGhana) February 8, 2021
Their statement comes after a surge in Covid-19 cases in Ghana.
In one of his addresses, President Akufo-Addo revealed that the country has recorded the new strain of the virus (from both UK and South Africa).
Currently, Ghana has recorded 765 new cases bringing the total active cases to 6,411. From February 1 to 3, the virus killed 24 people. The death toll also stands at 464.
Meanwhile, some restrictions have been put in place include the ban on weddings, funerals and large gatherings to ensure the spreading of the virus is minimised.
Police across the country has also been arresting people who fail to wear nose masks.