COVID-19 :Noguchi detects 34 imported cases of Omicron variant

Noguchi Memorial Institute

The Noguchi Memorial Institute for Medical Research (NMIMR) has detected 34 cases of the Omicron COVID-19 variant from 120 samples of travellers returning to Ghana from November 21 to 25.

The institute in a tweet said these were the first cases of the Omicron variant imported into the country.

It said it was closely monitoring the potential spread of the variant in the local population.

“We encourage the general public to continue adhering to the COVID-19 prevention protocols,” it said.

The Omicron variant, designated as a variant of concern by the World Health Organization (WHO),was first detected in Botswana on November 11.

The WHO says the Omicron variant has more than 30 mutations on its spike protein, more than what is carried by the delta strain, raising concerns if prior infections still provide some immunity.

Coronavirus disease (COVID-19) is an infectious disease caused by the SARS-CoV-2 virus. Most people who fall sick with COVID-19 will experience mild to moderate symptoms and recover without special treatment, however, some will become seriously ill and require medical attention.

The Ghana Health Service has advised all who are resident in Ghana to adhered to all safety protocols such as the wearing of face mask, use of hand sanitizers, frequent washing of hands with soap under running water, social distancing, and the wearing of a face mask.

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