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The presence of the omicron variant of COVID-19 continues to cause an alert in the country. The head of the Ministry of Health (Minsa), Hernando Cevallos, reported that confirmed cases of this variant increased to 47 in the last 36 hours.

The ages of the infected people range between 9 and 77 years and come from at least 16 districts of Lima. No case has yet been confirmed in regions, although it is likely that the variant is already present in the interior of the country.

“The omicron cases have increased. We now have 47 confirmed cases in the country. This variant is highly contagious and spreads quickly. We have not detected it in regions, but it is quite probable that it exists ”, said the minister.

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It should be noted that the last confirmed cases are contacts of the first 12 infections and the rest are relatively new patients. For this reason, Cevallos warned of the possibility that the omicron variant is having a community presence in the country.

Likewise, the Health Minister clarified that none of the cases has been complicated to date thanks to the fact that they have been vaccinated. “For now, the patients are not hospitalized, they do not present complications, they are patients of different ages. There is a percentage of them that are vaccinated and are monitored ”, he said.