The Director-General of the Ghana Health Service (GHS) has disclosed that the Covid-19 variant from the United Kingdom (UK) spreads faster and widely among the Ghanaian population and has a higher disease burden, in comparison with the South African variant.
He warned that the UK variants could overtake the traditional ones in existence in Ghanaian communities if people failed to strictly observe the preventive and safety protocols put in place by the government.
Dr. Kuma-Aboagye made this known while updating the media in the weekly covid-19 update held by the Ministry of Information.
He took to opportunity to admonish the Ghanaian citizenry to adhere to the requisite safety precautionary measures proffered by the health experts.
Dr. Kuma-Aboagye said there had been an increase in workplace infections recently and urged managers of both public and private organizations to adopt shift systems and virtual platforms to curb the spread of the virus.
He explained that his facility stated that it had intensified Contact Tracing in hotspot areas, with 3,500 tests conducted daily.
Currently, the number of people falling sick from COVID-19 infections stood at 32% with 5,515 active cases as of January 30, 2021.
Meanwhile, Ghana has recorded 772 new cases of Covid-19, with eight more deaths, bringing the total fatalities to 424, as of January 30, 2021. There were 294 persons on admissions in treatment centres out of which 34 are in critical condition, 122 cases are severe while 138 cases are considered mild and moderate.
By Edwin Abanga