Covid-19: first case of the Omicron variant detected in Tunisia

This is a Congolese traveler arriving from Istanbul. Tunisian health authorities have detected the first case of the Omicron variant of the virus giving Covid-19 in a Congolese traveler arriving from Istanbul, Health Minister Ali Mrabet announced on Friday.”The PCR test showed he had the Omicron variant,” the minister said in a statement on national television, adding that the test result of another passenger who was traveling with him was negative.This 23-year-old Congolese arrived in Tunis via Istanbul on Wednesday and all travelers who were on board the same plane were contacted by the Tunisian authorities to be tested, added the minister.In recent weeks, Tunisia, which recorded a peak in contamination between July 7 and 13 with more than 3,000 cases per day and more than 100 deaths, imposed a set of measures for all travelers including a negative PCR test to access in the country.According to the latest report from the Ministry of Health, more than 4 million people out of 12 million inhabitants have received two doses of the vaccine and 1.1 million a single dose. The World Health Organization (WHO), which considers the new variant worrying, considers “high” the “probability that Omicron spreads globally”, although many unknowns remain. The new variant is now present on all continents, detected by around thirty countries.