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Covid-19: 41 cases of Omicron recorded in Ghana

Seven more persons have been infected with the Omicron variant of Covid-19 in Ghana, says the Ghana Health Service (GHS).

The new development brings the total number of cases to 41.

This was disclosed by the Director-General of the Ghana Health Service (GHS), Dr. Patrick Kuma-Aboagye in an interview with Joy News.

The GHS boss explained that the cases were detected after community testing was conducted following the 34 cases that were initially recorded at the Kotoka International Airport.

“We saw the first of about 34 cases that were recorded at the airport. At the time, we had sequenced about 66 community samples and they were all negative.”

He continued, “…after a second batch of about 44 tests was conducted, seven more cases were detected,” he said.

He noted, however, that the dominant variant in the country’s communities remains the delta variant.

“We saw the first of about 34 cases that were recorded at the airport. At the time, we had sequenced about 66 community samples and they were all negative,” be noted.

He continued, “…after a second batch of about 44 tests was conducted, seven more cases were detected.”

He noted, however, that the dominant variant in the country’s communities remains the delta variant.

On December 2, 2021, the Noguchi Memorial Institute for Medical Research (NMIMR) announced the detection of 34 cases of the Omicron variant of COVID-19 in Ghana.

In a tweet to announce the new cases, the NMIMR said the imported cases were detected in 120 samples collected between November 21 and 25.

“The Omicron variant was detected in 28% (34 out of 120) of returning traveler samples (collected from 21-25 November) sequenced.

Currently, the GHS has made some modifications to its protocols regarding foreign travel through the Kotoka International Airport.

GHS has also directed that all persons 18 years and above arriving in Ghana from December 12 must provide proof of full vaccination.

According to the press release signed by GHS boss, Dr Patrick Kuma-Aboagye, out of the 34 cases detected at the airport, 75% of them were unvaccinated.

“Over the last two weeks, cases from the airport account for about 60% of the total cases recorded in the country,” he added.

 

Source: Myxyzonline.com|Ghana

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