Senegal: First case of the Omicron variant


Senegal has identified a first case of the Omicron variant of the coronavirus in a traveler who was about to leave the country after attending an international meeting in Dakar, a research institute said.

The first case was detected Friday in a 58-year-old man who arrived in Senegal on November 22 on a flight from a West African country, according to a press release released last night by the Research Institute for Health, Epidemiological Surveillance and Education ( Iressef).

The man was vaccinated on April 13 with the AstraZeneca vaccine and on June 25 with the Pfizer vaccine, the institute said.

“He stayed in Dakar, in a hotel there and took part in a demonstration, which was attended by almost 300 people of many nationalities. The mobilization took place from the 24th to the 25th of November “, it is mentioned in the press release.

The research institute clarifies that the case has been isolated in quarantine and his health condition is monitored in a specialized center. “As of Saturday, December 4, he has not shown any symptoms.”

Senegal has a total of 74,024 Covid-19 cases and 1,186 deaths since the beginning of the pandemic.

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