Nearly 70 Spanish Hospital Doctors Take Covid After Early Christmas Party

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Sixty-eight physicians working in the intensive care unit of the Regional Hospital of the University of Malaga were diagnosed with the coronavirus after participating in an early Christmas party, according to the regional government of Andalusia, Spain, this Monday (6).

Health officials said they are investigating the source of the contamination, but said all 68 attended the December 1 party, at which 173 people attended.

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All those who contracted Covid-19 have mild symptoms, and have had antigen tests or boosted shots before attending the party, health officials added.

Another possible source of contamination could have been a large meal for the hospital staff.

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Spanish Prime Minister Pedro Sanchez warned people to remain vigilant against the coronavirus during Christmas.

“We must not let our guard down,” he told reporters in Madrid.

Andalusian health authorities have recommended that staff at other public and private hospitals not attend Christmas parties.

Meanwhile, four cases of the Ômicron variant have been confirmed in Spain’s Balearic Islands, according to local health officials.

A man arrived in the Balearic Islands recently and infected two members of his family; a fourth infected person recently arrived in Spain from South Africa, officials said.

Spain had previously confirmed a total of five cases of the Ômicron variant.

Reference: CNN Brasil

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