President Cyril Ramaphosa has reiterated global calls for people not to panic over the Omicron COVID-19 variant – saying hospital admissions remain stable.

Ramaphosa was speaking after kicking off a two-day working visit to Ghana on Saturday as part of his visit to Western African Nations.

It is part of his four-nation visit to Western African Nations that started last Wednesday.

Speaking in Ghana’s capital, Accra, Ramaphosa says despite Omicron’s high transmissibility rate, a large number of people are not showing severe symptoms.

“Our hospital admissions are not increasing at an alarming rate, meaning that while people are testing positive, they are not being admitted in large numbers into hospitals. It is for that reason that I say we should not panic because it is possible that while Omicron is more virulent and it spreads, it does not seem to result in a greater number of admissions so we should take heart from that,” says Ramaphosa.

 

Hopes of further trade deals after Ramaphosa’s visit to Ghana

 

There are hopes of further trade deals and closer economic co-operation after President Cyril Ramaphosa’s working visit to Ghana.

It is part of his four-nation visit to Western African Nations that started last Wednesday.

It also included Nigeria, the Ivory Coast and Senegal and is aimed at strengthening bilateral and economic ties.

Ramaphosa, will be inaugurating the bi-national commission and after that, bilateral agreements are expected to be signed by both Ghana’s president Nana Akufo-Addo and Ramaphosa.

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