Covid-19: Indian Variant Found In Ghana

The Programme Manager of the Extended Programme on Immunization (EPI), Dr Kwame Amponsah-Akyianu has revealed that contagious Indian variant of COVID-19 has been found in Ghana.

“For any strain in the world to get in the country, it was only a matter of time. It is quite recent but I won’t know the exact time it entered this country. It is recent but mainly at the Airport and the people have been quarantined. The information I have is that it has not entered the communities yet,” he told Starr FM

The disclosure of the variant in Ghana was first disclosed by Head of the West Africa Center for Cell Biology and Infectious Pathogens, WACCBIP, of the University of Ghana, Professor Gordon Awendare.

“Overall we have about 45 or 46 different variants. The trend shows that all these normally come from travellers. Now that the Delta (Indian Variant) is taking over, it’s just a matter of time before it will come here in large quantities. We have a few here but it’s going to increase,” he told Accra-based Joy fm.

The Delta variant of COVID-19, partly blamed for India’s explosive second wave, has been called a triple mutant variant since it is split into three lineages. Scientists and doctors call it ‘B.1.617.2’, and some sections of the global media call it the “Indian variant”.

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