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Uganda confirms cases of Omicron Covid 19 variant

By Kabuye Ronald

Uganda Virus Research Institute (UVRI) has detected and confirmed nine cases of the Omicron Covid 19 variant in Uganda

According to the Executive director of UVRI, Prof. Pontiano Kaleebu, the samples were taken from travelers that were tested from Entebbe International Airport arriving from Nigeria and South Africa.

Prof. Kaleebu urged the public not to worry and panic since this variant spreads like other Covid 19 variant.

The Omicron Covid-19 variant was first identified by scientists in South Africa and Botswana in late November.

The new Omicron virus has led several countries to impose new COVID-19 restrictions and travel bans targeting travellers from Southern African countries. The variant has since been confirmed in seven Southern Africa countries of Botswana, Lesotho, Eswatini, Namibia, Zimbabwe and Malawi.

It has also been confirmed in a number of European countries.

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