Coronavirus: Ghana records new transmissible SARS-CoV-2 variants

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Th new significantly more transmissible SARS-CoV-2 variant has been detected in the Republic of Ghana, according to Africa CDC reports.

Information available to Coverghana.com.gh indicates that, It’s the outcome of sequencing work done by immunologists at WACCBIP and NMIMR of the University of Ghana as well as University of Health and Allied Sciences (UHAS) confirming local circulation.

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The report intercepted by Coverghana.com.gh on NEW SARS-COV-2 VARIANTS IN AFRICA issued by Africa Centres for Disease Control and Prevention (Africa CDC) said, Africa is currently experiencing an increase in the number of confirmed COVID-19 cases.

As of 27th January 2021, at least 40 countries have experienced a second wave of the pandemic, including all countries in the Southern Africa region. This new wave of infections is thought to be associated with the emergence of variants that are more transmissible.

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The report further said, preliminary findings show that three new similar but distinct Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome Coronavirus 2 (SARS-CoV-2) variants, the 501Y/VUl-202012/01, 501Y.V2, 501YV3, reported in the United Kingdom, South Africa and Brazil respectively, are significantly more transmissible than previously circulating variants, with high viral shedding observed among cases.

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Information picked disclosed that, there is currently limited data on the extent to which these new variants have spread in Africa, but preliminary data show that the 501YV2 variant has been reported in 22 countries globally including South Africa, Ghana Botswana and Zambia.

SOURCE: Coverghana.com.gh

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