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Chile reports first case of Omicron variant

05 Dec 2021, 08:49 GMT+10

SANTIAGO, Dec. 4 (Xinhua) -- Chile reported on Saturday its first case of the Omicron variant of the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) after confirming that the case was discovered in a person entering the country from Ghana on Nov. 25.

The Regional Ministry of Health of Valparaiso reported that the traveler entered Chile with a negative PCR test, but another test at the Santiago airport returned a positive result.

According to authorities, the passenger was fully vaccinated at the time and is currently in good health in isolation at a sanitary residence.

The Chilean Ministry of Health registered 2,060 new cases of COVID-19 in the last 24 hours, for a total of 1,770,620 infections.

The ministry also reported the deaths of 26 people from the disease in the same period, for a total of 38,465 fatalities so far.

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