Omicron strain: two infected in Athens

On Monday, the Institute for Biological Research of the Academy of Athens (IIBEAA) announced that two suspected cases of the Omicron Covid-19 strain had been confirmed.

Two cases have been identified in Attica. The patients are reported to be Greek residents of South Africa who traveled in Greece before the country imposed strict restrictions on November 16.

Infected patients underwent laboratory tests after the onset of mild symptoms of a respiratory infection. They are currently under close supervision at Laiko Hospital in Athens.

It is reported that the suspicion of the Omicron variant arose when a molecular PCR test recorded additional characteristics of Covid-19.

First confirmed case of the strain Omicron was discovered in Crete on December 2nd. The patient is a Greek resident of South Africa and arrived in Crete on 27 November. He was ordered to isolate himself at home, as he reported to the mediathat he had only mild symptoms.

Note that there are no direct flights between the two countries.

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