Senegal records its first cases of omicron variant | WGN 720 radio

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DAKAR, Senegal (AP) – Senegal has recorded its first cases of the omicron variant, becoming the third West African country to detect the new variant of the coronavirus after Nigeria and Ghana.

The announcement of the first case was made by the Institute for Health Research, Epidemiological Surveillance and Training (IRESSEF), which is one of the laboratories approved by Senegal for COVID-19 tests.

The case was detected on Friday in a 58-year-old man who arrived in Senegal on November 22 by plane from a country in the sub-region, the institute said on Sunday. The man had been vaccinated in April with the AstraZeneca vaccine and in June with Pfizer.

According to the institute, the patient stayed in the capital, Dakar, in a hotel and participated in a demonstration that brought together nearly 300 people. He was isolated and showed no symptoms on Sunday, the statement said.

The Institut Pasteur in Dakar on Sunday announced two more cases of omicron a few hours later, claiming that they were travelers leaving Dakar.

The cases include a 28-year-old man who tested positive on November 23, as well as a 29-year-old woman staying at a hotel in Dakar who tested positive on December 1.

The Institut Pasteur added on Twitter that “out of the 22 sequences obtained for the period, the delta variant remains in the majority”.

Last week, President Macky Sall called on the population to respect preventive measures. The news comes as Senegal begins its tourist season with plans to host South African President Cyril Ramaphosa and host the annual Dakar International Peace and Security Forum on Monday.


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