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New COVID-19 variant not recorded at community level – GHS

By Justice Kofi Bimpeh
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Ghana has not recorded any community case of the new variant of the Coronavirus disease although a few cases have been recorded at the Kotoka International Airport (KIA) in Accra.

The Director-General of the Ghana Health Service (GHS), Dr Patrick Kuma-Aboagye, who made this known at a press briefing in Accra on Monday, said a few cases of the UK variant as well as that of South Africa had been recorded at the airport, which was from air travelers.

According to him, although the new variant had not been officially recorded at the community level, "the chances are that we may have them and that may be responsible for the increasing number of spread."

He noted however that his outfit was yet to conduct a search “to see whether we actually have a community presence of the [new] variant.”

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Dr Kuma-Aboagye also indicated that all the 16 regions in Ghana have reported active cases as of January 22.

He added that the number of people who were falling severely and critically sick was worrying.

"About 32 per cent of people testing positive are actually falling sick," he noted.

Concerning the total number of deaths in the month of January, Dr Kuma-Aboagye said "we have actually recorded a little more than 32 in January."