Ghana has recorded cases of a highly contagious coronavirus variant that surfaced in the United Kingdom, President Akufo Addo has disclosed.
He made this known during his 22nd COVID-19 update Sunday night.
According to the President, the case was detected at the Kotokoa Internationa Airport after passengers arrived from countries where such cases had been reported. These passengers have all been isolated.
He added that furthermore, work is ongoing to determine the presence and extent of spread of the new variants in the general population.
“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.
Currently, Ghana’s COVID-19 active cases stand at 1,920.
The number of confirmed deaths has shot up from 338 persons to 352.
The number of severe cases that used to be 18 has spiraled to 120, while 33 are in critical condition.