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Covid-19:Ghana detects 34 cases of Omicron Variant

On  November 21, The Ghana Health Service (GHS) revealed that, the country has recorded  cases of Omicron a new variant of the virus that causes COVID-19.

Director General of the Ghana Health Service Dr Patrick Kumah Aboagye, confirmed this on Wednesday December 1, 2021.

“There is the emergence of the new variant and I must say, through the robust testing at the Kotoka International Airport, Ghana has detected the Omicron variant already and the cases have come mainly from Nigeria and South Africa. The very first case that was detected during our sequencing was on the 21 of November”, Dr Patrick Kumah Aboagye told pressmen.

 

The new variant, according to the GHS, has not been recorded in the communities. However, Dr. Kumah Aboagye Noted there is the probability of a community spread “if someone has omicron and it’s incubating it will not be detected at the airport”.

But reports emanating from Noguchi has it that, the country has so far detected 34 cases of the Omicron Variant from 120 samples collected from international arrivals at KIA between Nov 21 and 25.

He indicated, it is significant for the citizenry to adhere strictly to all the Covid-19 protocols especially as the festive season approaches and more visitors are expected across the country.

About The Omicron Variant

First identified in Botswana and South Africa, this new iteration of the coronavirus has prompted concern among scientists and public health officials because of an unusually high number of mutations that have the potential to make the virus more transmissible and less susceptible to existing vaccines.

The World Health Organization has called Omicron a “variant of concern” and on Monday warned that the global risks posed by it were “very high,” despite what officials described as a multitude of uncertainties. Cases have been identified in 20 countries so far, including Britain, Italy, Belgium and the Netherlands. Although Omicron has not yet been detected in the United States, experts say it is only a matter of time before the variant shows up.

Lawrence Odoom/myxyzonline.com

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