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Regarding contact with cases produced by the omicron, beta or gamma variants, and given that confirmation of the type of variant is not usually available at the time of diagnosis, Health specifies that quarantine should also apply to those cases “in which there is suspicion, either because of preliminary information through specific PCR, or because the case is part of an outbreak that includes cases produced by these variants”.

In all other cases, persons who have received a complete vaccination regimen and are considered to be close contacts of a confirmed case will be exempt from quarantine, although it is recommended to avoid contact with vulnerable persons. Likewise, it is also advisable to wear a mask in social interactions, not to attend crowded events and to monitor for the possible appearance of compatible symptoms.

“Due to the current epidemiological context and the uncertainties associated with the omicron variant, as well as a possible decrease in vaccine effectiveness over time, it is recommended to continue increasing the percentage of vaccination coverage and the administration of booster doses in target populations,” says the agency.

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With these words, the director of the European Centre for Disease Prevention and Control (ECDC), Andrea Ammon, warned on Wednesday that Omicron has gone from being a theoretical threat to a real one.

Globally, the ECDC counts 10,150 confirmed cases, 1,300 more than the previous day, of which 7,521 infections are concentrated in Europe. But the real figure is much higher, and all experts agree. In fact, just this week, the British Health Minister, Sajid Javid, reported an estimated 200,000 cases in the country (around 5,000 of them already confirmed), considering that the new strain would already be predominant in London.

Norway is another country that has reported more cases in these first weeks of the strain in Europe. No less than 1,498, although the Scandinavian country has now considered all suspected cases to be confirmed.

Peiró points out that, in any case, omicron is “overrepresented” in the sequencing results, since all PCRs showing suspicion of omicron are sequenced. However, those that are the product of random selection (728, which would give statistical validity) are separated from those that are not (402).


Yesterday, we started December with a slowdown in the recovery of full international mobility. The reason: the new variant of the virus, recently discovered by South African scientists: Omicron. This new version of the virus has already traveled to Europe and countries on other continents such as Canada, Australia and Japan, among others.

In this context, in addition to the increase in the accumulated incidence of the other variants, many European countries are establishing measures and restrictions aimed at slowing down the advance of Omicron. Among the most commonly applied measures are travel quarantines, mobility restrictions and even, on the part of some governments, compulsory vaccination.

On the other side of the Atlantic, countries such as the United States are also establishing certain measures, restrictions and bans for some flights. Its government, advised by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), among other experts, has set additional restrictions for flights from Africa, specifically banning travelers from South Africa, Botswana, Zimbabwe, Namibia, Lesotho, Swaziland, Mozambique and Malawi.

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Good evening! We close a new day in which we have explained all the news in reference to the coronavirus and the progress of the Omicron variant, which today has also been confirmed in the Balearic Islands.

On the other hand, Pumarola has also detailed that as variants have been appearing, protection against infection has been lost, but protection against severe cases has been maintained.

He also stressed that “each variant that appears is transmitted better” and warned that it will be necessary to wait to see whether the Omicron variant is capable of displacing the Delta, which is currently the predominant one.

In addition, Juan Carlos Salazar, Secretary General of ICAO – a UN agency – stresses that “the costs and implications of being overly cautious and restrictive in this context must be carefully assessed by all”.

Following the expansion of the variant, moreover, U.S. President Joe Biden is considering introducing stricter measures for inbound travelers. The Wasshington Post has reported that an antigen test will now be required prior to return.

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