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Government to start random testing for new COVID-19 variant – Researcher urges.



A Senior Research Fellow, Dr. John Amuasi, Global Health, and Infectious Diseases Research Group, believes a new variant of the coronavirus is reliable for the current rise in cases and increased deaths.

He has instructed the government to set everyday surveillance sites across the country to better examine the crisis.

Dr. Amuasi speaking on the Citi Breakfast Show, said the testing needed to be “randomly done regularly every day or every two to three days so that we can truly measure our rate of spread.”

He emphasized that the process would be crucial in concocting public health measures because the country is presently not testing enough.

He argued, “So what about the myriads that will be ill but will not go to the hospital and the myriads and that will be infected but will not be overtly ill? It should tell you that what we see is only the tip of the iceberg. ”

Concern was also expressed by Dr. Amuasi that Ghana is not vigorously looking for a new variant of the coronavirus within community spread.

The new variant has only been recognized in entering persons at the airport.

“If at the point you started looking, you found people coming in with it, some may have already come in before you started looking,” he noted.

13 more persons have died In the most recent update from the state, from the virus bringing the country’s death toll to 390.

Ghana currently has 3,940 active COVID-19 cases after 625 new infections were recorded.

Though the government has said the rise in cases is due to the continuous violation of necessary safety protocols, Dr. Amuasi believes the new variant may be responsible for the deteriorating situation with the virus in Ghana.

“There is an additional factor in there which is accounting for the increased spread and especially the increased number of deaths and I don’t see anything else but the new variant.”

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