Ghana records positive cases of new Covid-19 variant

President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo has revealed that some arriving passengers at the Kotoka International Airport (KIA) have tested positive for the new Covid-19 variant.

Mr Akufo Addo said on Sunday that these persons have been isolated.

“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,” Mr Akufo-Addo said.

Mr Akufo-Addo further expressed worry over the increasing number of active coronavirus cases in the country lately.

“The number of patients requiring hospitalisation 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,” he said.

He added “Again, according to statistics from the Ghana Health Service, the considerable number of persons who are severely ill are, surprisingly, relatively youthful persons, with no previous underlying health conditions.”

By Laud Nartey||Ghana

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