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Racing Genk midfielder Joseph Paintsil handed permission to travel to native Ghana amid COVID-19 crisis

Published on: 31 March 2020

Racing Genk  midfielder Joseph Paintsil has been given permission to travel to his native Ghana but remains unclear if he will be allowed into the West African nation due to the shutdown of the country's  airspace over the coronavirus pandemic, GHANAsoccernet.com can report.

The 22-year-old has been told he can fly out Africa next week after the Belgian side gave their foreign players the permission to return to their home countries.

But it remains to be seen if the Ghana youth star will be allowed into the country following a shutdown of the country's airspace.

The Ghanaian government has shut down the airspace and closed borders as measure to contain the deadly coronavirus which has affected over 100 citizens.

Over 1,000 Ghanaians have been placed under mandatory quarantine since arriving in the country.

It appears impossible the midfielder will be allowed to travel to his native country due to the directive from the Ghana president Nana Akufo Addo.

This means, Paintsil may as well stay in Belgium as scientist battle to find a vaccine for the virus which has wrecked havoc globally.

Thousands of lives have been lost since the pandemic broke in January this year, almost every country affected by the outbreak.

Several countries including Ghana are currently under a lockdown amid a global crisis which threatens humanity.

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