President Akufo-Addo has disclosed that the country has recorded cases of a new variant of the coronavirus disease.
Akufo-Addo mentioned this in his 22nd address on Ghana’s response to Covid19 on Sunday, January 17, 2020.
He said that these cases were recorded among persons who were entering the country.
These persons have been isolated and efforts are being made to determine the presence and extent of spread of the new variants in the general population, the President indicated.
Recent genomic sequencing undertaken by our scientists have established that some arriving passengers tested positive for new variants of COVID-19. These passengers have all been isolated. Furthermore, work is ongoing to determine the presence and extent of spread of the new variants in the general population.
He added that:
Detailed investigations of the cases indicate that, apart from arriving passengers at our airport who tested positive, infected persons have recent histories of attending parties, weddings, end of year office programmes, family get-togethers, and funerals. At these gatherings, most of them abandoned the use of the masks, and were engaged in actions that led to them contracting the virus.
Several countries in the continent, including The Gambia and Nigeria, have recorded cases of a new COVID-19 variant.
Scientists are investigating these new variants.
In some cases, they are unsure if these new strains are susceptible to the vaccines already developed for the disease.
Meanwhile, the President has described the surge in Ghana’s recorded cases as worrying.
He mentioned that the Ghana Health Service was recording an average of 200 new cases daily.
Also, he indicated that the number of patients requiring hospitalization and intensive care is rising.
“However, since that time, we have seen an upsurge in the number of active cases, from a little over nine hundred (900) to one thousand, nine hundred and twenty-four (1,924). Our COVID-19 treatment centres have gone from having zero patients to now being full because of the upsurge in infections.
Particularly worrying is the fact that the Ghana Health Service is recording, on average, two hundred (200) new cases of COVID infections daily. The number of patients requiring hospitalization and intensive care is rising. The number of severe cases, which stood at eighteen (18) a week ago, has increased sharply to one hundred and twenty (120). Two weeks ago, there was no critical case, we now have thirty-three (33) in our treatment facilities. Again, according to statistics from the Ghana Health Service, a considerable number of persons who are severely ill are, surprisingly, relatively youthful persons, with no previous underlying health conditions. The number of confirmed deaths has increased, sadly, from three hundred and thirty-eight (338) persons to three hundred and fifty-two (352) within the period.
Story by: Jeffrey Nyabor | univernewsroom.com