Business Account of Wednesday, 2 September 2020
Source: Business 24
The traveling accessible and airline operators accept bidding anxiety about the amount of the country’s COVID-19 assay on accession at the Kotoka All-embracing Airport.
Operators say the amount is one of the accomplished in the sub-region and on the continent. A COVID-19 assay aloft accession in the Republic of Togo costs US$70 and in Ivory Coast US$80.
Rwanda’s COVID-19 assay costs US$60, which includes US$50 for the assay and a medical account fee of US$10. Egypt has additionally aloof appear a US$30 amount for PCR assay for accession passengers.
“The amount of the assay will accomplish traveling expensive, abnormally at a time back COVID-19 has breakable biking aplomb and airlines are accomplishing all they can to activate appeal again,” one airline abettor told Bsuiness24.
Aviation Minister Joseph Kofi Adda has about justified the cost, adage it is cost-reflective and cheaper than what cartage would accept spent if a 14-day apprehension administration was in place.
Dr. Kofi Bonney, advance virologist at the Noguchi Memorial Institute of Medical Research of the University of Ghana, however, alleged into catechism the charge to conduct an antigen assay on cartage who present a abrogating PCR assay aloft arrival.
“Scientifically, with the PCR test, aural 72 hours, it’s enough. I don’t apperceive why we accept to do an antigen test, which is beneath sensitive, aloft arrival. If we attending at the tests that accept been done over the years, we accept a capricious acuteness allotment amid 34 percent to about 80 percent,” he said in a columnist interview.
Airlines restart operations
Business24 checks accept appear that best all-embracing airlines are resuming operations this week.
TAP Portugal is restarting operations today; KLM, Air France, Emirates, MEA and Ethiopian are all restarting operations this week. Ethiopian will accomplish a account amid Accra and Addis Ababa on September 3, and Emirates is accepted to resume on September 6.
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