Chile announced that it detected the first case infected with Omicron COVID-19, media agencies reported on Sunday.
The infected man is a Valparaíso resident; he arrived in the state on November 25, coming from Ghana.
According to authorities, the case crossed the borders with a PCR test and its result was negative. Later on, another sample was taken from his and was positive for COVID-19.
Therefore, he is in a good health, and he is quarantined at home. On the other hand, all passengers on the same flight of the case were medically checked.
Chile is the second country in Latin America that detected Omicron variant patient after Brazil.
Last week, the Brazilian authorities announced two cases with the new Omicron COVID-19 variant in São Paulo, declaring the presence of the new strain officially in Latin America.
The new strain was found in a 41-year-old-man, and a 37-year-old-woman coming from South Africa. Both arrived in Brazil on November 23 and returned on November 25, health authorities revealed in a statement.
It added that the health concerned teams are working on identifying a third case with the virus’ Omicron strain for a passenger who arrived from Ethiopia after spending some time in South Africa.
In the same context, authorities are observing several cases in Brazilia over Omicron infection suspects.
Until now, more than 30 countries reported the presence of Omicron cases around the world including the UK, Germany, Italy, and France in Europe, Saudi Arabia in the Middle East region, and Japan and Hong Kong in Asia.