Brazil Confirms First Two Cases Of Omicron Variant

Brazil Confirms First Two Cases Of Omicron Variant

Health officials in Brazil reported the first two confirmed cases of the omicron variant. Two travelers arriving from South Africa showed symptoms and tested positive for Covid-19.

Ummatimes - The Sao Paulo state health secretariat said a 41-year-old man and a 37-year-old woman were now in isolation. Both underwent tests on November 25 and were showing mild symptoms at the time.
 
The two travelers arrived in Brazil on November 23 and underwent PCR tests, before their scheduled trip two days later. They then underwent another test at Guarulhos international airport, outside Sao Paulo, before flying back to South Africa. Their test results showed positive for Covid-19.

“After the positive results, the couple were instructed to remain isolated at home. Both are monitored by the state and city (authorities), as well as their respective family members," said the Sao Paulo Health Secretariat.
 
The Sao Paulo Health Secretariat added that the two travelers were not registered on the state's vaccination platform. "Initial investigations did not identify them being vaccinated elsewhere," he said.
 
The Sao Paulo Health Secretariat said the couple lived in South Africa and were visiting Brazil. But the authorities did not reveal their nationality. This is the first confirmed case of the omicron variant in Latin America.