The Minister of Health of South Africa stated that seven of the country’s nine provinces have recorded new cases of this variant, while the Ministry of Health of Sri Lanka stated that people infected with Omicron are nationals returning home. .From South Africa.
On December 3, South Africa’s Minister of Health, Joe Phaahla, warned on December 3 that the country was entering the fourth COVID-19 outbreak caused by the Omicron variant. However, he confirmed that the health system and hospital are still operating normally.
Minister Farah said at a press conference that seven of the nine provinces in South Africa have recorded cases of this new variant.
He expressed the hope that South Africa can effectively control this mutation and minimize the risk of death. The head of the South African Ministry of Health also urged people to be fully vaccinated and emphasized that this is the best preventive measure.
In Europe, the French Ministry of Health announced that there are currently 9 confirmed cases of Omicron infection in the country.
Previously, the top scientific adviser of the French government stated that by the end of January 2022, Omicron may become a mainstream variant of the country.
The Omicron variant was first discovered in late November, and the World Health Organization (WHO) has identified it as a variant of concern.
Currently, scientists are still collecting data on the spread of Omicron infection and disease status. So far, Omicron has appeared in more than 30 countries and regions.
Many countries have quickly tightened their regulations on international travel to prevent the entry of this variant.
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On the same day, Sri Lankan health officials stated that they had identified the country’s first patient infected with the Omicron variant of the SARS-CoV-2 virus.
The Ministry of Health of Sri Lanka announced that the new variant infected with Omicron is a Sri Lankan citizen who has recently returned from South Africa.
Dr. Hermantha Herat, deputy director of the Ministry of Health Services, said in an interview with the media that the case has been confirmed after laboratory genetic sequencing tests. The authorities are currently taking appropriate countermeasures.
Previously, on December 2, Sri Lanka recorded 735 new COVID-19 cases and 27 deaths.
Therefore, so far, this South Asian country has recorded a total of 565,471 cases of COVID-19. Currently, nearly 10,000 cases are being treated.