The first case in Spain of the coronavirus variant omicron It was detected this Monday in a hospital in Madrid, in a traveler from South Africa.
“The microbiology service of the Gregorio Marañón Hospital de Madrid communicates the first confirmation of the omicron variant in Spain “, reported the center on Twitter, specifying that” it is a traveler from South Africa“.
“The patient is fine,” the hospital clarified.
“It was confirmed today by sequencing. We have managed to set up an ultra-fast procedure that allows us to have the result on the same day,” concluded the hospital.
“This is a 51-year-old man who returned from South Africa on November 28 with a stopover in Amsterdam,” reported the Health Department of the Madrid region.
“The positive was detected by means of a screening with antigen test in the airport Adolfo Suarez Madrid-Barajas”, added the counseling, specifying that the patient “is with mild symptoms and in isolation keeping quarantine “.
Ómicron, present in several countries
Many countries have already detected cases linked to this variant, from the United Kingdom to Germany, through Canada, Netherlands and Israel.
And the list keeps growing, with infections in Portugal, Austria and Scotland indicated this Monday.
Several countries around the world have reacted to the omicron variant by closing their borders, despite the fact that the strain has already reached Europe, Asia and North America.
The new omicron variant of the coronavirus presents “a very high risk” for the world, the World Health Organization (WHO) warned on Monday.
Ómicron was identified for the first time last week in South Africa and Spain established as of Monday a mandatory ten-day quarantine for travelers on flights from that and six other African countries, a measure that will last at least two weeks.
Spain has registered almost 88 thousand deaths and 5.1 million cases since the start of the pandemic.