Ghana Is Testing For The New Coronavirus Strain

Coronavirus Testing

Dr. Franklin Asiedu-Bekoe, the Director of Public Health at the Ghana Health Service (GHS), has revealed that testing is ongoing to determine if the new variant of the coronavirus has emerged in the country.

This comes days after Nigeria recorded cases of a new variant of the virus.

The discovery in Nigeria, according to some, could cause fear and panic after similar variants of the new virus that appear to be more contagious, were announced in the United Kingdom and South Africa.

But in an interview with Citi News, Dr. Asiedu-Bekoe assured that Ghana’s preventive set-up will ensure that any new strain is identified and brought under control.

“We have adopted the strategy of testing people before they enter the country. We have made the PCR testing mandatory. We also do the antigen tests. When we get the positives, we pass them on to Noguchi to do the sequencing, they did it two months ago and did not identify any new virus strain. What they are doing now, with the advent of the new virus variant is, they are collecting the samples to see whether there are any in Ghana.”

“However, per what we have gathered so far, there is no evidence of such in the country,” he indicated.

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source: CNR

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