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COVID-19 Delta Variant: Young people are at risk- GMA warns

The Ghana Medical Association (GMA) has revealed that there is an increase in the number of young people who have been confirmed to have contracted the COVID-19 virus in the country.

“We are also realizing that, generally, a lot more young people are coming down with the virus. When COVID- 19 started, a lot of people felt that young people were immune but now it is not the case. Young people in their teens have also contracted the virus” said General Secretary of the GMA, Dr. Justice Yankson.

His comments come at a time discussions on the New Delta Variant have inundated the media space in recent times.

Dr. Yankson who was speaking to Joy News raised serious concerns over the increasing number of the Covid 19 cases, saying it could be the starting of a third wave.

“If you look at what is happening, our general numbers are going up, and there are pockets of hotspots all over the place. Clearly, this could be the begging of potentially, another 3rd wave,” he added

Dr. Yankson admonished the public to adhere to all COVID-19 protocols by the citizenry since the country is yet to attain herd immunity.

There are limited spaces in the Various hospitals in the country to contain the third wave of the virus,” he said

“Generally as a Country, we don’t have a lot of space in terms of ICU, bed space, oxygen, and other equipment to handle the critical cases. We haven’t even had the ability to Vaccinate 5℅ of our population, we are nowhere near immunity, and as always said, the fact that you have received the vaccine does not necessarily mean you are 100℅ protected” he stressed

“In fact, as we speak, there are people who have had the two doses and have still come down with COVID-19, so let’s still continue with the compliance with our protocols. We all pray against the virus but prayer alone will not work. We need to be practical and follow the scientific approach that we used to bring our numbers down when we had our 1st and 2nd Waves” he added

Currently, Ghana’s active COVID-19 cases stand at 1,982 as of July 6, 2021.

 

By Odoom Lawrence|Myxyzonline.com|Ghana

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