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Posted: Monday 20 December, 2021 at 1:37 PM

More concerns over Omicron in T&T

By: Staff Reporter,

    BASSETERRE, St. Kitts - CONCERNS are  mounting in Trinidad and Tobago (T&T) over the high number of COVID-19 cases being reported on a daily basis, and with the latest discovery of an Omicron case within the twin-island Republic.


    To date, the country reported five cases of the Omicron Variant and four of them were imported. 


    In a press statement yesterday (Dec. 19), the Ministry of Health disclosed that the fourth case was an inbound passenger who travelled to T&T from the United States via Puerto Rico.


    That individual provided a negative PCR Test as per the usual protocols, which took 72-hours prior to arrival in the country.


    The Ministry of Health reported that the fifth case had no prior history of travel or known contact with anyone who was a case.
    Omicron is the new variant of the virus and is described as being more easily transmissible due to the fact that it has more than 40 mutations within it. 


    Health officials have said that it causes mild COVID-19 symptoms.


    The World Health Organisation (WHO) noted that the variant is currently present in 89 countries around the world.


    Meanwhile, health officials in Basseterre are urging residents to continue practicing the necessary protocols to protect against contracting the virus, since the borders have been reopened to fully vaccinated travellers. 


    Additionally, health officials have warned that the the Delta and Omicron Variants could make their way to the Federation and, as such, they have called for people to get vaccinated and for others to get their booster shots.


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