Saturday, June 25, 2022

Omicron started to spread around African Continent, Start with Senegal and Zambia

Image source: The New York Times

The first positive case of the Omicron variant of Covid-19 was reported on Saturday (4/12) in Senegal. This case was detected by a foreigner who visited Senegal by plane after attending an international event.

The local health authority, IRESSEF, said the migrant was a 58-year-old who arrived in Senegal from the West African country on November 22. He explained that he had visited the event attended by 300 people from various other countries on 24-25 November.

This patient is said to have been vaccinated this year using AstraZeneca and Pfizer. So far the patient is said to have no general symptoms of Covid-19.

The patient is currently undergoing quarantine at the local health center.

Senegal has so far recorded more than 74,000 cases of Covid-19 since the start of the pandemic. Vaccinations in the country started in February but progressed slowly as 1.3 million people got them out of a total population of 17 million.

Prior to Senegal, Zambia, South Africa’s closest neighbor, had reported its first case of the omicron variant last Saturday.

The case occurred in three patients who were confirmed positive last week.

Zambia’s Ministry of Health said the three cases were men living in a district around the capital Lusaka. The man is known to have traveled abroad recently and when he is sick, he shows mild symptoms

A second patient is a man in Chibombo District who is also known to have traveled abroad recently but he is asymptomatic.

While the last patient is a woman in Lusaka District who has not traveled abroad in the near future and has mild symptoms. Zambia adds to the long list of countries that have been infected with the new variant of the Covid-19 coronavirus, Omicron.

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