Ghana is seeing a surge of the flu-like virus – COVID-19 among passengers arriving at the Kotoka International Airport - many of them a testing positive. As of yesterday (November 28) a total of 629,831 antigen tests had been done on arriving passengers and out of this figure, 3,093 tested positive for the virus.
There has however, not been any case of the “Omicron variant”, which scientists are struggling to understand and has sent jitters across the world, leading to the imposition of travel ban by United Kingdom (UK), the European Union (EU) and the United States (US) on South Africa, Zimbabwe, Botswana and some other South African countries.
The detection of the new variant “Omicron” has rattled the global financial market. Dr. Kumah-Aboagye said many of the infected arriving passengers were Ghanaians.
As of last Saturday, Nov 27, there were 39 COVID-19 infected patients at the Pantang Hospital’s Isolation and Treatment Centre.
He explained that many of the arriving passengers, who had tested positive for the virus at the Kotoka International Airport were Ghanaians, returning to the country after participating in an international religious conference.
The GHS Director General said everything would be done to prevent a new wave of the virus infection in the country.
As part of this, the GHS is going to continue to implement the protocols on international travel, ensure strict enforcement of the protocols at the Kotoka International Airport and all other entry points and to strengthen its surveillance and monitoring of new strains and persons returning from countries of concern.
He said, to help prevent Christian religious gatherings during the coming Christmas from becoming COVID-19 super-spreader events, they were going to engage the various faith-based organizations to help them to understand why they needed to ensure that all COVID-19 prevention and safety protocols were strictly observed.
Ghanaians could not let their guard down. Dr. Kumah-Aboagye said they would be doing the monitoring and enforcement of the existing COVID-19 protocols for mass gatherings together with the security agencies.
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