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Chile confirms first case of Omicron variant

/ 12:13 PM December 05, 2021
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In this file photo taken on August 26, 2021 health workers wearing protective gear collect nasal swabs for Covid-19 PCR tests ahead of a music concert in Santiago. AFP

SANTIAGO — Chile said Saturday it had found its first case of the Omicron variant of Covid-19 in a traveler who arrived late last month from Ghana.

The traveler had provided proof of a negative PCR test, but an additional mandatory test upon arrival at the airport proved positive, health authorities in the Valparaiso region said in a statement.

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They said the passenger, who was not identified, had had two rounds of Pfizer vaccine and appeared in good health. The person has been in isolation since arriving.

Other passengers on the same flight are being retested.

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