Following the discovery of the new variant of COVID-19, the Ghana Health Service has indicated that they have not recorded the Omicron variant in the country.
According to the Director-General of the Ghana Health Service, Dr. Patrick Kuma-Aboagye, although some African countries have recorded cases of the new variant, there is no evidence of the Omicron variant in Ghana.
Speaking on the measures taken by government to avert a possible surge in COVID-19 infections as the country prepares for Christmas and end-of-year celebrations at a press conference in Accra, Dr. Kuma-Aboagye explained that based on recent tests and sequencing at the Kotoka International Airport, there’s no evidence to suggest that the new variant has found its way into the country.
“Omicron. We have not identified one in Ghana. All people who have tested positive at the Airport are sequenced, their samples are sequenced. We also pick samples from our reference labs across the country, to do sequencing. Currently, they have a bunch of about a hundred and sixty (160) which they’re working on now,” the Director-General explained.
He therefore called on the pubic to disregard the rumours that the new Omicron variant has been discovered in the country.
He assured that, “there’s been no indication of Omicron in Ghana. So all those messages flying around, it’s not true. There’s no case in Ghana.”
Dr. Kuma-Aboagye further disclosed that there’s no evidence that the new variant can be transmitted through any new means, and therefore there’s the need for Ghanaians to continue to observe the relevant COVID-19 safety protocols involving social distancing, the wearing of face masks and the washing of hands amongst others.