Latvia has confirmed 12 Omicron cases so far

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Twelve cases of the new type of Covid-19 Omicron strain have been officially registered in Latvia, confirmed by virus sequencing, Latvian Television reported December 13.

“We have laboratory-confirmed 12 cases. Seven cases were imported, namely three from Sweden, two from Norway and two from Britain, five of them [samples] were [..] taken at the airport from the people who arrived. Two samples [were taken] after people showed symptoms while at home. And there are five secondary cases that are related to these cases,” said Serg,ejs Ņikišins head of the National Reference Laboratory of Eastern Hospital.

Due to the rapid spread of the virus variant not only in Africa but also in Europe, more intensive screening for arriving passengers is being conducted as of Monday. To be able to do it more quickly, saliva samples will be taken and that testing will be paid for by the state.

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