COVID-19: Omicron Variant Dampening SpiritsJanuary 11th, 2022
The festive season and new year often bring jubilation and hope. But it appears much of that enjoyment will be dampened as the world grapples with yet another wave of the COVID-19 pandemic –this time caused by the Omicron variant. Ewura Adwoa Larbi, a 21- year-old correspondent from Ghana, examines the issue and how it is affecting that country.
The festive time at the end of one year and the beginning of another is a major period for Ghanaians and citizens worldwide to celebrate, rest and recharge. Unfortunately for Ghana and many other countries, what was supposed to be a jolly time has turned sour as cases of the new COVID-19 variant – Omicron – have been recorded and the number of people infected is putting a damper on recreational activities.
It has been almost two years since the first report of a COVID-19 infection forced the world to a grinding halt. Since then, countries have been in and out of lockdowns, adjusting as cases of the virus either spike or subside. The world has now learnt to better adapt to and survive the adverse effects of the global pandemic. But while entire populations hope for a positive outcome, the virus continues to live on, mutating from one strain to the next and more dangerous one.
Ghana’s COVID-19 situation had seen major improvements during the early months of 2021, especially with the nationwide vaccination roll out. There was a glimmer of hope, an air of quiet excitement preceding the holidays that ‘meet-ups’ with friends and loved ones to enjoy the festivities would actually be possible. Regrettably, the current situation differs greatly from that which was expected as the unrelenting Omicron variant drives up new cases across the country.
With the imposition of new international as well as local restrictions on the movement and festive activities of Ghanaians, many seem to be entering the new year on a much gloomier note than anticipated. As the Omicron infections increase, rumours of lockdowns have resulted in growing undertones of fear and panic as many worry about beginning 2022 with a newer and supposedly more dangerous variant hovering over their heads.
What would it mean for workers, students and the country’s economic and social activities if we are forced into a lockdown once again?
The Omicron strain continues to be a ‘spoilsport’. Nonetheless, citizens are getting vaccinated and many seem to be making efforts to follow all protocols in the hope of mitigating the situation. Others are praying. But will these efforts be enough to allow citizens to truly enjoy the holidays and the new year?
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About Ewura Adwoa Larbi: I’m a tertiary student studying animal biology and conservation science. My passions include nature and human and animal interactions.