First Omicron Cases Detected in Palestine

The Omicron coronavirus variant is reported to have spread in Palestine. Not only in the West Bank, this variant that has a high transmission rate is also spreading in Gaza.

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A Palestinian child takes COVID-19 antigen test. (Reuters)

ACTNewsWEST BANK, GAZA – The Palestinian Ministry of Health stated that the Omicron variant of coronavirus has been detected in Palestine. Since the first case was discovered last week, as of Monday (12/27/2021), the number of positive cases has increased to 35.

The variant declared by the World Health Organization (WHO) to be more infectious than other coronavirus variants was first recorded in South Africa. The first Omicron carrier in Palestine was a West Bank resident who interacted with those who had recently traveled from abroad.

After a few days, the first Omicron case in Gaza was discovered. Majdi Dhair, a health ministry official, said the first omicron case in Gaza was detected on Sunday. The carrier was a resident of Gaza who lives in the coastal area.

The discovery poses new challenges for the underdeveloped health system in the Gaza Strip.

"We are ahead of difficult days. It is expected that the Omicron variant will spread fast," he told reporters. He urged the Gazan populations to get vaccinated

With a population of 2.2 million, Gaza has recorded 189,837 COVID-19 cases with 1,691 deaths. Currently, only 40% of the total population is vaccinated.

Although the Omicron variant may not be more dangerous than other coronavirus variants, the rapid infection rate has caused panic in many countries around the world. []