Ghana confirms emergence of Omicron variant cases of COVID-19

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A researcher of CapitalBio Corporation shows a virus nucleic acid detection kit for six respiratory pathogens on March 10. Six respiratory pathogens, including the COVID-19, can be detected simultaneously within one and a half hours, requiring samples of only respiratory droplets. (Photo by Jiang Wenjie, People’s Daily Online)
A researcher of CapitalBio Corporation shows a virus nucleic acid detection kit for six respiratory pathogens on March 10. Six respiratory pathogens, including the COVID-19, can be detected simultaneously within one and a half hours, requiring samples of only respiratory droplets. (Photo by Jiang Wenjie, People’s Daily Online)

The Ghana Health Service (GHS) on Wednesday announced the confirmation of the first cases of the Omicron variant of COVID-19 in the country.

Patrick Kuma-Aboagye, the Director-General of the GHS, said at the launch of Ghana’s mandatory COVID-19 vaccination exercise that the cases were recorded on Nov. 21 at the Kotoka International Airport.

“There is the emergence of the Omicron variant in Ghana. Through the robust testing at the Kotoka International Airport, Ghana has detected the Omicron virus already and the cases were from Nigeria and South Africa,” Kuma-Aboagye disclosed, without giving the specific number of the cases.

He added that the new variant had not yet emerged in communities, urging strict compliance with the preventive protocols to avoid contracting the virus.

Ghana launched the mandatory month-long vaccination program Wednesday, hoping to ramp up vaccination to protect its people against the pandemic. Enditem

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