First case of Omicron coronavirus variant detected in Maldives

The Maldives recorded its first case of the Omicron variant of the COVID-19 virus, local media reported on Tuesday.

The Maldives Health Protection Agency (HPA) has confirmed it detected the Omicron virus after performing genomic sequencing on samples taken from a tourist from South Africa who arrived in the country on November 27.

The Maldivian government has banned travel to the Maldives from South Africa, Namibia, Mauritius, Mozambique, Lesotho, Botswana, Eswatini and Zimbabwe following the discovery of the Omicron variant.

Maldivian citizens and work permit holders from these countries must undergo PCR testing and be quarantined for 14 days upon arrival.

According to the latest HPA figures, a total of 92,368 active cases of COVID-19 have been detected in the country, including 1,796 active cases. The country has so far recorded 255 deaths from the virus.

A total of 364,691 people in the Maldives received two doses of a COVID-19 vaccine, while 15,850 people received a booster.

(Only the title and image of this report may have been reworked by Business Standard staff; the rest of the content is automatically generated from a syndicated feed.)

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