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First case in Chile of Omicron variant confirmed


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During the afternoon of this Saturday, December 4 The Seremi de Salud de Valparaíso confirmed the first case of the Ómicron variant in the commune of San Felipe, Valparaíso Region.

According to the information provided by the health institution the case would correspond to a foreigner residing in the country, who had traveled from Ghana and entered on November 25.

“A person residing in Chile, from Ghana, a West African country, is the first case detected in Chole with the Omicron variant, after being identified by PCR test carried out at the airport upon arrival in the country on November 25, the same day that the World Health Organization reported the first case of Ómicron in the world”Is indicated in the document.

The passenger would have arrived with a negative entrance PCR test, as requested in the Protected Borders Plan. Nevertheless, “Upon arrival, a PCR was taken at the Santiago Airport. The examination at the airport was positive and, as part of the travelers protocol, the sample was sent for the genomic sequencing process to the ISP to determine the variant, which turned out to be Ómicron ”.

According to the data provided, this person “had two doses of the Pfizer vaccine, he is currently in good health and completing his isolation.” What’s more, After confirming that it corresponds to the new Omicron variant, he would be transferred to a medical residence.

The existence of a close contact was confirmed who, together with his family, will be transferred to a sanitary residence to comply with adequate isolation: “Along with this, the vaccination status of the family group has been verified, and the taking of PCR has been coordinated. All those who are not vaccinated and with symptoms will be inoculated, to complement the scheme as appropriate, “the statement details.

With respect to the rest of the passengers on the flight, an epidemiological follow-up is being carried out and the corresponding health seremis will be asked to carry out a PCR test on people, as a preventive measure. On the other hand, “It has been instructed to carry out an active search for cases in the Province of San Felipe.”

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