After Nigeria, Ghana also announced detection of cases of Covid-19 new variant known as Omicron, in passengers who arrived in the country on November 21.
The cases were detected at Kotoka International Airport in Accra, after tests were carried out on inbound passengers, Ghana Health Services Director General Patrick Kuma-Aboagye said on Wednesday.
“We have not seen any omicron within the community of Ghana,” he noted, adding that the danger is that omicron could incubate in Ghana.
Recent samples from 200 passengers arriving at the airport detected that 28% of Nigeria and South Africa had the variant, said William Ampofo, a virologist at the Noguchi Memorial Institute for Medical Research, where the sequencing was performed.
Nigeria also confirmed on Wednesday its first cases of the new variant of Covid-19, saying it was found among three passengers who had traveled to South Africa.