Health December 26, 2021 | 9:17 am

Health authotities confirm Omicron case in Dominican territory

Santo Domingo.– The Health Ministry confirmed Saturday the identification of the variant B.1.1.529 (Omicron) of SARS-CoV-2 as a result of an imported case (transmission outside the Dominican territory), from South Africa, who presented mild symptoms, for which the person received outpatient care, and subsequently progressed satisfactorily.

In this case, the appropriate measures were taken, according to the epidemiological surveillance procedures for COVID-19 in the country, said the Public Health statement.

After this case, the General Directorate of Epidemiology (Digepi) received the notification from the National Liaison Center for International Health Regulations of Chile, reporting the case of a person who traveled from the Dominican Republic to Chile, and who gave positive to the Omicron variant after a PCR test.

In its statement Public Health points out that: “Although the findings and preliminary data, both epidemiological, modeling, phylogenetic and clinical suggest that SARS-CoV-2 VOC 202012/01 has higher transmissibility, the preliminary analyzes to date do not indicate changes in the severity of the disease (measured by the length of hospitalization and the fatality rate at 28 days), or the occurrence of reinfection among positive cases for this variant compared with cases by other lineages of SARS-CoV-2 circulating in different countries. Even without observing more seriousness in the cases, the increase in transmissibility is important, because it is associated with a transcendental impact on public health, due to the increase in cases in a limited period of time.”

In that sense, the Health authotities urged the entire population that, given these results, to maintain permanent monitoring of the circulation of the virus that causes COVID-19 in the Dominican territory.

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Paul Tierney
December 26, 2021 10:02 am

There is no mention of what port of entry the person traveling from Chile entered. It is good it was discovered, the person treated, and was most likely quarantined. The country has to be very careful screening international arrivals to reduce the possibility of the spread of the new variant and future variants of covid-19.

A concern of some is why did the Dominican authorities allow the cruise vessel, Carnival Freedom, into Amber Cove in the North on Friday after it was denied entry into two foreign ports because of people who tested positive with Covid aboard?

Playing with fire !

nicholas
December 26, 2021 10:35 am
Reply to  Paul Tierney

“Dominican authorities allow the cruise vessel” because of the dollar

Paul Tierney
December 26, 2021 10:41 am
Reply to  nicholas

The wife said the same, “because of the dollar“.

The dollar rules the day every time. Common sense is sent to the corner.

John Doe
December 26, 2021 1:50 pm
Reply to  Paul Tierney

Actually, they’re being smart. Bringing the full force of the economy back will help people survive this STUPIDITY that reigns supreme these days.

John Doe
December 26, 2021 1:49 pm
Reply to  nicholas

And because in ALL REALITY they know Covid is a COMMON COLD and is not going to harm the people.

John Conor
December 26, 2021 10:56 am

In 3 days on DEC 31st they will withdraw the fake test because it can’t the diff between flu and the original covid strain but yet it’s use to detect a variant.
Hoooo Ok…. Ok…

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John Doe
December 26, 2021 1:52 pm
Reply to  John Conor

Yes but the sheep will continue to use it everywhere, including for entry into the United States. You literally can’t make this stuff up. Until 2020, I never knew how many dumb people live and breathe around us. It’s STAGGERING!!!!!

John Conor
December 26, 2021 2:10 pm
Reply to  John Doe

For real man, that’s crazy how some people are stupid!

Clare
December 29, 2021 4:56 pm
Reply to  John Conor

Actually you have decided that that’s what the CDC have done as you are an anti vaxer and want to find reasons to support your belief it is fake. If you actually read the recommendation (and know a thing or two about PCR), they have suggested they change their assay to one that picks up not only covid 19 but also influenza – ie. a multiplex assay. Not much point in me trying to convince people like you though, I suppose only if you lost someone with it you might think differently. The full article rather than the bit you wanted to highlight to support your misbelief is here
https://www.cdc.gov/csels/dls/locs/2021/07-21-2021-lab-alert-Changes_CDC_RT-PCR_SARS-CoV-2_Testing_1.html