The contacts of those infected by omicron must be quarantined

  • The measure is also established for those who are fully vaccinated

The Public Health Commission, in which the Ministry of Health and the communities are present, has approved a review of the Strategy for early detection, surveillance and control against covid that contemplates, as a novelty, that people who have been Contact of infected with omicron variant (and also with beta or gamma) must save quarantine.

Sanidad eliminated this movement restriction for people fully vaccinated But as it is not yet known whether the Omicron variant, originally detected in South Africa, escapes vaccine protection and is more contagious, the Public Health Commission has preferred to be prudent and agree that the contacts of these people to be detected in Spain, although are fully immunized, quarantine.

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At the moment they have been detected four passenger cases from South Africa who have been infected by a variant that has aroused the misgivings of the international community and a few more suspected cases are being analyzed.

And the Early Detection Strategy indicates that “as confirmation” about whether the infection is the Omicron variant “is not usually available at the time of diagnosis”, quarantine “should also apply to those cases in which there is suspicion either because of the preliminary information through specific PCR, or because the case is part of an outbreak that includes cases produced by said variant. ”

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