As part of efforts to help contain the spread of the new variants of the coronavirus, the government has been advised to place travel bans on countries where the new variants are dominant.
The call was contained in a statement issued by the OccupyGhana on ways the government could contain the spread.
It expressed worry over the rate of new infections and asked the government to take steps in reducing the spread with immediate effect.
OccupyGhana said it would be essential for Ghanaians to recognize the direness of the situation and act accordingly.
Portions of the statement read: “Another factor leading to the uptrend is the new variants of SARS-CoV-2, the virus responsible for COVID-19. Consideration should be given to reducing travel to and from countries where these variants are dominant.
We also ask the government to make more hospital beds available as all indications point to a dire need for beds for the ever-increasing number of new cases that need in-patient care.
Ultimately, the best way out of the chokehold of this pandemic is a vaccine. Therefore, we implore the government to spare no effort in getting doses of a COVID-19 vaccine for the country.
To all Ghanaians, even if you are one of those who will only get a mild case of COVID-19, the toll those who suffer the severe version exact on the health facilities ultimately lead to a situation where help for non-COVID conditions become very difficult or even impossible to obtain. The indirect effects of the disease and a rampant spread are many. Therefore, it behoves us all to work to stop the uptrend in cases.”
The Ghana Health Service (GHS) has disclosed the new strain of the COVID-19 pandemic has a higher and faster infection rate as compared to the first strain.
The new strain is transmitted between fifty to seventy (50-70) times faster.
Ghana has recorded cases of two different strains of the virus.
One from the United Kingdom and another from South Africa.
Currently, the GHS is conducting an exercise to establish whether we have recorded the new strains in our communities.