A new variant of the novel coronavirus has been detected in Ghana

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President Akufo-Addo says a new variant of the novel coronavirus has been detected within the country.

The President made this known during his 22nd national update on the fight against the pandemic in Ghana.

“Recent genomic sequencing undertaken by our scientists have established that some arriving passengers tested positive for new variants of Covid-19,” he said.

The President however seek to calm nerves by saying the passengers were not allowed to infiltrate the general populace. “These passengers have all been isolated,” he assured.

“Furthermore, work is ongoing to determine the presence and extent of spread of the new variants in the general population,” he further assured citizens.

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Touching on the current state of the nation in relation with the ravaging virus, he said both the country’s active cases and death toll have surged. According to the President, the number of active cases has shot up to 1,924 putting a lot of pressure on Covid-19 treatment centres who “have gone from having zero patients to now being full because of the upsurge in infections,”

He said Ghana’s death toll now stands at 352 persons.

Background of the new strain

Starting from Chine, to parts of Europe and recently, South Africa and Nigeria, a myriad of strains of the ravaging virus have, over the past few weeks, been detected, triggering concerns about the efficacy of the newly developed vaccines to aid in combatting the impact of the pandemic.

Researchers are still debating if the current vaccine will be able to handle these new strains as global infections and death rates keep going up.

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