Uganda on Tuesday confirmed nine cases of the new Omicron COVID-19 variant, this is according to a source within the country’s Ministry of Health.
Charles Olaro, director of clinical services says the “deadly” variant was detected among travelers from South Africa and Nigeria. They are said to have landed in Uganda on November 29.
“We have already notified them about their status and they are already in isolation,” Olaro added.
The foreigners were first tested while at Entebbe International Airport. The tests turned positive for the variant, prompting further tests which confirmed the same.
“We used the genomic sequence tests which normally take five to eight days to give the results,” the health official explained.
Since its identification by scientists in South Africa and Botswana this November, fear has sparked globally over possibility of another pandemic.
Other countries which have recorded the new variant include; United Kingdom, United States of America, Ghana, Nigeria, South Africa, Botswana among others.
Uganda which has been preparing to fully reopen its economy in January 2022, may once again reconsider. However, the country has seen a decline in positive cases.
Research from John Hopkins University reveals the East African country has recorded 0.07 cases out of every 100,000 people tested in the past two weeks.
In the wake of the new variant, Kenya has put in place travel restrictions for travelers coming in from countries recording new cases.