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Covid-19: Communal spread of Delta variant cannot be prevented – Virologist

A Virologist at the Kumasi Centre for Collaborative Research in Tropical Medicine (KCCR) at the Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology (KNUST) says the communal spread of Covid-19 Delta variant in the country cannot be prevented.

“No, you cannot prevent it (Delta Virus). No matter how much you do and no matter how much you put in effort and whatever you do, you cannot prevent it,” Dr Michael Owusu said on Sunday.

Speaking on Joy FMs Ultimate Health, Dr Michael Owusu suggested that the way forward to manage the virus’ spread is to “slow its transmission which will help reduce its impact just as many countries are doing.”

He noted that the stringent measures taken at the Kotoka International Airport have helped to delay the occurrence of the third wave of Covid-19 in Ghana.

“I think this current third wave should have occurred a month or two ago when Kenya’s were experiencing their own but some of the measures we put in place delayed this a bit and then allow it to gradually flow through the system,” he stated.

He further advised Ghanaians to continue to adhere to the Covid-19 protocols in order to ensure their safety.

“If we were to also put in some strict measures in terms of people behaviour and interaction, we may not experience what we are experiencing now because I mean the PCR test and all the other antigen test are good but if you test 100 people and they are positive, you should expect that two or three of them will slip through and when two or three people slip through, and the people in the community are not following any protocols, it’s only a matter of time and many of them will become infected,” he explained.

He added that “as soon as we (KCCR) got an indication that Ghana has recorded community transmission of this means that now you can’t do anything again you have to begin taking activities and actions that will enable you not get to the peak.”

Source: Ghana News

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