Ghana has reported cases of a highly contagious coronavirus variant that emerged in the United Kingdom, officials have said.
President Akufo-Addo also confirmed the development during his 22nd COVID-19 update Sunday night.
The case was detected at the country’s international airport where passengers arrived back from countries where such cases had been reported.
“Recent genomic sequencing undertaken by our scientists have established that some arriving passengers tested positive for new variants of COVID-19”, President Akufo-Addo said.
“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”, the President stated.
Ghana’s COVID status
Ghana is next to South Africa and Nigeria to have reported a variant COVID-19 case on the African continent.
The announcement came amid concerns of a surge of virus infections in the country.
So far 13 out of 16 regions have recorded active cases in the country’s health facilities.
The number of confirmed deaths has increased from 338 persons to 352 within the period, according to President Akufo-Addo.
The number of severe cases which stood at 18 has increased sharply to 120.
33 are said to be in critical condition, authorities said attributing the blatant disregard for the personal protection etiquettes as a major cause of the recent spike.
Ghana’s COVID-19 active cases currently stands at 1,920.
Source: Daily Mail GH