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A person from Ghana residing in Chile is the first confirmed case of the omicron variant of the coronavirus, the Chilean Ministry of Health reported on Saturday.
"It was detected by a PCR test upon arrival in the country on November 25, the same day that the World Health Organization reported the first case of omicron in the world," the statement said.
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The foreigner residing in Chile entered the country with a negative PCR test and another PCR was taken at the Santiago airport upon arrival, and the test was positive ", as part of the Travelers Protocol, the sample was sent for the process of genomic sequencing to the Institute of Public Health to determine the variant, which turned out to be omicron, "the statement added.
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The passenger, who received two doses of the Pfizer vaccine, is currently in good health and was transferred today to a health center after confirmation of the new variant, the ministry said.
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As for the passengers who arrived on the same flight, the Ministry of Health carries out an epidemiological follow-up with all the health authorities to carry out a PCR test on all passengers.