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Covid-19: GHS Records 41 New Omicron Cases

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JUST IN: Ghana Records Two New Cases Of Omicron COVID-19 Variant

The Ghana Health Service (GHS) has disclosed that seven more persons infected with the Omicron variant of Covid-19 have been identified in the country. This brings the total number of cases to 41.

Director-General of the Ghana Health Service (GHS), Dr. Patrick Kuma-Aboagye, who disclosed this on Sunday, said the cases were detected after community testing was conducted following the 34 cases that were initially recorded at the Kotoka International Airport.

“We saw the first of about 34 cases that were recorded at the airport. At the time, we had sequenced about 66 community samples and they were all negative” but after a second batch of about 44 tests was conducted, seven more cases were detected,” he said.

He noted, however, that the dominant variant in our communities remains the delta variant.

On December 2, 2021, the Noguchi Memorial Institute for Medical Research (NMIMR) announced the detection of 34 cases of the Omicron variant of COVID-19 in the country.

In a tweet to announce the new cases, the NMIMR said the imported cases were detected in 120 samples collected between November 21 and 25.

“The Omicron variant was detected in 28% (34 out of 120) of returning traveler samples (collected from 21-25 November) sequenced.

“These are the first imported cases of the variant into Ghana, and we are closely monitoring its potential spread in the local population. We encourage the general public to continue adhering to the COVID-19 prevention protocols,” the NMIMR stated in a tweet.

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Following the detection of the new variant, the Ghana Health Service (GHS) made some modifications to its protocols regarding foreign travel through the Kotoka International Airport.

GHS directed that all persons 18 years and above arriving in Ghana from December 12 must provide proof of full vaccination.

Meanwhile, “all unvaccinated Ghanaians and residents who are currently outside the country and intend to return within 14 days from the midnight of December 12, 2021 [which has now been extended to December 14] are exempted.”

This group, however, will be vaccinated on arrival at the airport.

According to the press release signed by GHS boss, Dr Patrick Kuma-Aboagye, out of the 34 cases detected at the airport, 75% of them were unvaccinated.

“Over the last two weeks, cases from the airport account for about 60% of the total cases recorded in the country,” he added.

 

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45-year-old Lynched For Shooting 5 Persons In Tamale

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45-year-old Lynched For Shooting 5 Persons In Tamale
Musah Yussif, 45, has been lynched for sporadically shooting five persons at ‘Agric’, a suburb of Tamale.

Mr. Yussif is said to have gone to a funeral ceremony to attack one Kambo Naa. In the process, he rather shot bystanders and injured five of them.

Northern Regional Crime Officer, Superintendent Bernard Baba Ananga in an interview  with JoyNews monitored  by GhArticles.com said some of the victims are in critical condition on admission at the Tamale Teaching Hospital. The remaining two have been treated and discharged.

According Superintendent Ananga, the Police received a distress call that someone came to the funeral grounds with a gun and disturbed public peace.

He said a team of officers were dispatched to the scene where they reported that one person was found lying in a pool of blood. Their suspicion was that the person was lynched.

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Superintendent Ananga added that a team of investigators who also visited the scene reported that the deceased was lynched.

According to the crime officer, the Police have invited one Kambo Naa for questioning, while investigations are underway.

He said initial investigations showed that Kambo Naa seems to have had a problem with the deceased, hence his being invited by the Police to assist in investigations.

Superintendent Ananga said details of the investigations would be made public in due course.

 

 

 

 

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“I Am Only Human “ – Anne Sophie Begs Ghanaians Seeking All Forms Of Assistance In Her Inbox

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“I Am Only Human “ - Anne Sophie Begs Ghanaians Seeking All Forms Of Assistance In Her Inbox

Anne Sophie, France Ambassador has paid a courtesy call on all Ghanaians who slide into her dm to seek assistance.

The French Ambassador to Ghana, Anne Sophie took her social media page to plead with Ghanaians to be patient and understanding since she may not be able to help them every time.

According to her, she really wished she could grant all their requests but she’s only a human.

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Notable Ghanaians Declare Feb. 8 ‘No Calls Day’ To Protest SIM Card Re-Registration

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Notable Ghanaians Declare Feb. 8 ‘No Calls Day’ To Protest SIM Card Re-Registration
A group of notable Ghanaian personalities who have identified themselves as Concerned Mobile Network Subscribers have served notice of boycotting the ongoing SIM card re-registration exercise.

According to them, they are ready to risk losing their SIM cards; hence, have set aside Tuesday, February 8, to embark on a nationwide protest dubbed ‘No Calls Day’.

They added, “any attempt to impose this [SIM card re-registration] on subscribers or block their lines would amount to an infringement on their property rights.”

“On that day, we call on all Ghanaians not to make or receive phone calls as a way of registering our disquiet about the circus surrounding the SIM card re-registration exercise,” they announced in a release dated January 13, 2022.

The group includes a former Kumbungu Member of Parliament, Ras Mubarak; Dean of UG’s School of Law, Prof. Raymond Atuguba; President and Vice President of IMANI-Africa – Franklin Cudjoe and Kofi Bentil; Private Legal Practitioner, Samson Lardi Anyenini, and Investigative Journalist, Manasseh Azure Awuni.

“The ‘No Calls Day’ boycott on 8th February would be the first in a series of national boycotts to protest the current inhumane process of re-registration of SIM cards.”

“There is no law in Ghana that requires Ghanaian mobile network subscribers to “re-register” their SIM cards,” they argued.

Below are their demands:

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  • The National Communication Authority (NCA) should immediately withdraw its directive for mobile network customers to re-register their SIM cards by 31st March 2022.
  • When the appropriate legal framework is in place, a re-registration exercise can be done without having subscribers spend productive hours and several days in long queues in the midst of a ravaging Covid-19 pandemic.
  • There’s understandably a need to eliminate crime. But the fight against criminals must be within the law.
  • We therefore demand that the NCA and Mobile Network Operators (MNOs) must come up with a better and innovative way of re-registering the SIM cards by first amending existing law; and secondly to do so without the current inhumane re-registration process we are witnessing.

They stressed that “if the NCA and the MNOs fail to heed these demands, we shall, starting Tuesday, 8th February, 2022, begin the first of a series of planned boycotts until the rights of customers to be treated with dignity, are respected.”

Other members who signed the release are Kofi Kakraba Pratt, Dr. Kwesi Owusu, James Afedo, Selorm Branttie, Francis Kofi Korankye-Sakyi, Akyaaba Addai-Sebo, Kwame Mfodwo and Michael Ofori-Akuffo.

 

 

 

 

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