Australia has confirmed, today, two first cases of the new variant of the Coronavirus, Omicron, after in-depth analysis of the virus in two passengers from southern Africa who had tested positive on arrival in Sydney. , the government of the state of New South Wales (East) indicated that the two passengers, vaccinated with the two doses and asymptomatic, arrived in Sydney on a Qatar Airways flight from Doha, where they made a stopover after departing from a southern country. African continent.According to Notícias ao Minuto, the two positive cases with the Omicron variant, considered at “risk” by the World Health Organization (WHO), were sent to a quarantine center, as well as 12 other passengers, uncontaminated , which came, also via Doha, from southern African countries, while the crew and the remaining 260 passengers will have to remain in prophylactic isolation. Australia has banned since Saturday entry into the country for non-Australian travelers or non-Australian residents who have visited South Africa, Botswana, Malawi, Mozambique, Namibia, the Seychelles Islands and Zimbabwe in the past 14 days, a region where the virus is suspected to be prevalent. who are allowed to enter the country must comply with a 14-day quarantine at a center designated by the authorities. The WHO expert group, meeting on Friday to analyze the impact of the new variant of the coronavirus detected in South Africa, determined that if it deals with a possibly more contagious ‘risk variant’ and christened it the Greek letter Omicron. The WHO acknowledges that some of the variant’s new mutations seem to suggest an even greater transmission capacity than previous strains. Australia has relaxed border restrictions this month, allowing vaccinated residents to return to the country without the need for quarantine. it accumulates more than 205,000 infections, which are associated with 1,985 deaths.Source:O País

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