The West African Centre for Cell Biology of Infectious Pathogens (WACCBIP) at the University of Ghana has revealed that the new COVID-19 strain from the United Kingdom is currently driving new infections in Ghana.
This finding by WACCBIP comes after President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo announced in his 22nd address to the nation on COVID-19 that Ghana has recorded cases of the new variant of the virus among travelers who had been isolated to prevent a spread.
According to Dr Gordon Awandare, Director of WACCBIP, data from their January sequencing shows clearly that B.1.1.7 (first reported in UK) is now the predominant strain driving local transmission in Ghana.
The UK variant, which is also known as B.1.1.7 SARS-CoV-2, is one of a few mutated strains of the virus which scientists say could be potentially more contagious and is fast-spreading in over 70 countries worldwide.
The Africa Center for Disease Control (CDC) also recently confirmed Ghana to be amongst countries on the continent where the South African variant of COVID-19 is spreading.
According to the latest update from the Ghana Health Service (GHS) on February 6, 2021, the country has recorded 791 new cases, taking the total number of active cases to 6,095, while 9 new deaths have taken the death toll to 449.
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