The Indian Ocean island nation of Mauritius has recorded its first two infections of the Covid-19 Omicron variant, each linked to individuals returned from South Africa, with a dozen extra contact instances feared.
Health Minister Kailesh Jagutpal advised a press convention on Friday the pair had been asymptomatic and had examined detrimental the day earlier than.
“They have already gone home,” he mentioned.
He added that contract tracing for the 2 individuals had been carried out, revealing 12 optimistic instances with a lacking S gene — a tell-tale signal of Omicron.
Health authorities had been presently analysing the samples to find out if they’re actually Omicron.
One of the 2 Omicron instances was detected in a person who flew dwelling to the island from South Africa on November 27. South Africa first recognized the variant simply two days earlier than on November 25.
The second case was recorded in a girl within the island’s south whose husband had returned from South Africa on November 18.
Mauritius absolutely opened its doorways to worldwide guests initially of October, hoping to rebuild its very important tourism trade after lengthy months of isolation due to the pandemic.
But it was compelled to reimpose restrictions final month as Delta variant instances surged.
According to newest figures reported to the World Health Organization, Mauritius has had 62,652 Covid instances and 680 deaths.
More than 900,000 individuals have been absolutely vaccinated, representing 73.5 % of the inhabitants, authorities figures present.