Senegal registered its first case of the coronavirus variant omicron, being the third West African nation, after Nigeria and Ghana, to detect the variant.
The announcement came from the Institute for Medical Research and Epidemiological Supervision, one of the laboratories approved by Senegal to test for COVID-19.
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The case was detected on Friday in a 58-year-old man who arrived in Senegal on November 22, 2021 from another country in the region, the institute said in a statement.
The individual had received the first vaccine, from AstraZeneca, in April, and the second from Pfizer in June.
The individual stayed in a hotel in the capital Dakar and participated in protests where there were about 300 people of various nationalities, said the entity. The man has been quarantined and shows no symptoms, he added.
The Senegalese authorities have so far not commented on the matter. Last week, President Macky Sall urged citizens to abide by health measures.
The emergence of the case occurs just as the tourist season begins in Senegal. South African President Cyril Ramaphosa is also coming and on Monday the Dakar International Forum for Peace and Security will be held.
The Pasteur Institute of Dakar later confirmed two other cases of omicron, in people who were leaving Dakar.
They are a 28-year-old man who tested positive on November 23, and a 29-year-old woman who was staying in a hotel in Dakar and who tested positive on December 1.
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