, Dec 9 () –
Cuba confirmed this Wednesday its first case of the omicron variant of COVID-19, detected for the first time in South Africa and considered “worrisome” by the World Health Organization (WHO).
The contagion was registered on November 28 in a traveler from Mozambique who works in the health field, as reported by the Ministry of Health and collects the news portal ‘Cubadebate’.
Although one day before his arrival in the country, the individual was asymptomatic, he later developed a fever and a sore throat, after which he went to a health center for a coronavirus test that turned out to be positive.
The traveler was thus transferred from his province of residence, Pinar del Río, to a hospital where another test was carried out, in this case a PCR, which confirmed the contagion.
This Wednesday it was concluded that it was a case of the omicron variant of coronavirus. In addition, the Cuban health authorities have reported that the patient has already been discharged after having overcome the disease.
On the other hand, 18 people who are being monitored have been identified as possible direct contact with this positive, although at the moment no more related cases have been reported.
Cuba has accumulated more than 960,000 confirmed infections so far since the pandemic broke out, which has left more than 8,000 fatalities.