So much is happening in the world due to COVID-19. In Africa, particularly, the fear of the third wave has gripped many countries. The general populace, the leaders, and the international community alike are in limbo, as the third wave is proving to be more aggressive. And while the third wave hit other African countries earlier, it appears that Ghanaians are just getting to feel the sting of the novel variant.
It is a well-known fact that Ghana is one of the most frequented countries in Africa. It is because Ghana has a rich culture, warm people and a thriving tourist scene. For Ghanaian nationals in the diaspora or foreigners that love to visit Ghana, being abreast with the COVID situation in the country is important.
On the 17th of July, the Ghana Health Services reported a cumulative total of 99,734 cases. This figure includes; 95,451 recoveries, 817 deaths, and 3,466 are active.
Recently, the World Health Organization (WHO) agreed to name the Coronavirus variants using Greek letters. So far, Alpha, Beta, Delta, Kappa, Iota, Lambda, and Theta. The most worrying variants are Alpha, Beta, and Delta. This naming system replaces the stigmatizing way of naming variants after the country of first identification.
The Delta variant was identified first in India in 2020. It is resistant to antibodies, more contagious, and the symptoms include nose bleeding. This variant, generally, causes more severe forms of the disease. For this reason, WHO has classified it as a worrying variant.
African countries with the Delta variant include; Algeria, Zambia, Gabon, Zimbabwe, Kenya, Uganda, Angola, South Africa, Mauritius, and now Ghana.
Ghana first detected the Delta variant from passengers in June of 2021. Early this month, about 136 Achimota senior high school students tested positive for the Delta variant. This news came just a day after Vanguard reported that the Ghana Health Service had recorded cases of the Delta variant in the community.
Statistics about the Delta variant are not clear but what is confirmed is that the variant is now in Ghana. Therefore, precautions need to be taken by the community.
Currently, Ghana has administered over 1.2 million doses of the Oxford AstraZeneca vaccine. However, concerns have arisen over the Delta variant as it is seemingly resistant to the current vaccines.
So if you are a tourist wanting to visit Ghana, or a citizen in the diaspora wishing to return home, you will need the following tips.
There is still much uncertainty about the Delta coronavirus strain. Amidst this uncertainty, experts still recommend vaccination, and adherence to the COVID-19 guidelines, as the best approach to manage the situation.