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Omicron: first case confirmed in Sardinia

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(ANSA) – ROME, DECEMBER 06 – SASSARI – The Omicron variant of the coronavirus has also arrived in Sardinia. This was confirmed by the sequencing done by the Microbiology and Virology laboratory of the Aou of Sassari on the swab of the passenger who arrived in Alghero a few days ago, with a flight from Rome, returning from a trip to South Africa. The result was immediately communicated to the Higher Institute of Health and to the Department of the Sardinia Region. “From the analyzes carried out by our structure it emerged that it is, in fact, the variant B.1.1.529 called Omicron – explains Salvatore Rubino, director of the Microbiology laboratory of the Aou in Sassari -. The sequence we performed was loaded on the platform of the Higher Institute of Health for the genomic surveillance of Sars-CoV2 variants (I-Co-Gen), which makes it possible to issue alerts on sequences of particular interest “.

Meanwhile, tomorrow the second swab will be carried out on the 118 passengers who were on the Rome-Alghero flight on Sunday 28 November, on which the positive man of the Omicron variant traveled, all negative results so far and still in precautionary quarantine. (HANDLE).

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