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Posted: Thursday 30 December, 2021 at 11:49 AM

Omicron detected in SVG

By: Staff Reporter,

    BASSETERRE, St. Kitts - AS territories around the region continue with the balancing act of borders’ reopening and the prevention of the spreading of the Coronavirus, St. Vincent and the Grenadines is the latest island nation to report at least one case of the new variant.


    Confirmation was received by health officials there on December 27 from a sample taken on December 18 and sent to the Caribbean Public Health Agency (CARPHA) for sequencing test.


    According to reports from the SVG Health Services Sub-Committee, the individual was a fully vaccinated traveller from the United States who had a negative COVID-9 test.


    More alarming for the territory, the Ministry of Health reported that based on genomic sequencing tests results from CARPHA for this month, it was revealed that the highly transmissible and deadly Delta Variant is now the dominant strain on SVG.


    SVG now joins a growing list of territories within the region that have confirmed at least one case of the Omicron Variant on each island.


    This new strain is said to be more easily transmissible and has more mutations. Health experts have noted that the new strain is less severe than the Lambda and Delta.


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