Scientist in the country have reported a significant increase in the number of recorded positive cases of covid-19 in the country especially in the Ashanti Region.

In January, Ghanaian scientists discovered a new variant of Covid-19 after genomic sequencing showed that the virus was already in the country.

Head of the West Africa Center for Cell Biology and Infectious Pathogens, Professor Gordon Awendare confirmed news of the Indian variant in Ghana.

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The Indian strain which has been nicknamed ‘Delta’ according to World Health Organization (WHO) is a “variant of concern.”

It is one of forty-five (45) variants which has been recorded in the country.

According to Dr. John Amuasi, the Executive Director of Kumasi Center for Collaborative Research, prescreening shows that many people in the Ashanti Region are turning out positive.

He made this revelation yesterday, June 22, on PM Xpress on the JoyNews channel in an interview monitored by InsiderGH.com.

According to him, half of those who were screened in the Ashanti Region tested positive for the virus.

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In a related development, the Ministry of Health and Ghana Health Service have described as untrue, reports making waves that the Sputnik V and the astrazeneca vaccines are not effective against the the new variant discovered in the country.

This comes after the Head of the West Africa Center for Cell Biology and Infectious Pathogens, Professor Gordon Awendare, earlier told Journalists that Sputnik V and astrazeneca vaccines are not effective against the Delta strain of covid-19, which is currently on the rise in Ghana.

Source: InsiderGH.com

           

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