ACCRA (Reuters) – Ghana’s COVID-19 an infection charges are skyrocketing and embody new strains of the virus not earlier than seen within the nation, filling remedy centres and threatening to overwhelm the well being system, President Nana Akufo-Addo mentioned on Sunday.
Since Jan. 5, the variety of energetic instances has risen to 1,924 from about 900, Akufo-Addo mentioned in a speech. There are actually 120 extreme instances, up from 18 every week in the past.
Ghana is just not but near a peak seen throughout the first wave of infections in the midst of final yr, however might rapidly attain that stage if instances hold rising on the present price.
In the event that they do, the president mentioned he would impose one other partial lockdown, regardless of worries about what that will do to one in every of West Africa’s largest economies.
“Our COVID-19 remedy centres have gone from having zero sufferers to now being full due to the upsurge in infections,” the president mentioned. “At this present price … our healthcare infrastructure can be overwhelmed.”
Throughout Africa, a second coronavirus wave is infecting twice as many individuals per day than on the top of final yr’s first wave and has but to peak, in response to the Africa Centres for Illness Management and Prevention.
The rise has raised concern throughout the continent the place, not like in Europe and the USA, cash-strapped governments have been unable to safe provide offers with vaccine producers, placing the onus for now on containment.
Akufo-Addo mentioned particulars about entry to vaccines and a rollout plan could be introduced “very quickly”.
He mentioned that some folks arriving from overseas had examined optimistic for “new variants” of the virus, with out giving particulars.
Final week, Gambia recorded its first two instances of the extremely infectious coronavirus variant first present in Britain, in what seems to be the primary affirmation of its presence in Africa.
“Work is ongoing to find out the presence and extent of unfold of the brand new variants within the normal inhabitants,” Akufo-Addo mentioned.
Reporting By Christian Akorlie; Writing by Edward McAllister; Enhancing by Peter Cooney