City of Rio de Janeiro investigates 28 suspected cases of the Ômicron variant

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Rio de Janeiro is investigating 28 suspected cases of the Ômicron variant of the new coronavirus. The information was released by the city on Friday (24). For now, the city has only one patient infected with the strain initially identified in South Africa.

The municipal secretary of Health, Daniel Soranz, informed that none of the suspected cases are related to the confirmed imported case, of a 27-year-old Brazilian woman, who lives in the United States and arrived in the country on December 13th.

According to Soranz, samples from 28 people undergo genetic sequencing due to “travel or contact routes”. Test results are due out next week.

The patient infected with the Ômicron variant is doing well and had only mild symptoms. The woman had taken two doses of the Pfizer vaccine. People she had contact with did not test positive for Covid-19.

Rio de Janeiro confirmed the first case of the new strain of coronavirus on December 20th. Even so, the plans for the New Year’s Eve party were maintained, with fireworks in ten points of the city.

The Municipal Health Department adopted as a strategy to intensify the application of the booster dose, whose demand grew more than 60% this week compared to the previous one, and also promised rigor in the collection of the vaccine passport.

Brazil has 111 confirmed cases of the Ômicron variant, according to a survey by the Agency CNN. There are 32 cases in Minas Gerais, 26 in Rio Grande do Sul, 25 in São Paulo, 17 in the Federal District, four in Goiás, three in Ceará, one in Rio de Janeiro, one in Santa Catarina, one in Espírito Santo and one in Tocantins.

Another 73 suspected cases are being analyzed – 56 in Santa Catarina, 16 in Minas Gerais and one in Paraná.

Reference: CNN Brasil

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