Omicron in Spain first case diagnosed in Madrid hospital

by Lorraine Williamson
omicron case diagnosed in Madrid

MADRID – A 51-year-old man is the first person in Spain to be officially diagnosed with the new omicron variant. He had returned from a trip to South Africa on November 28 after a transfer in Amsterdam. This has been confirmed by the health board of the region. 

However, the man is doing well with only minor symptoms and is, therefore, in quarantine. The microbiology department of the Gregorio Marañón Hospital in Madrid reported Monday afternoon that it had discovered the first case of the omicron variant has been diagnosed in Spain. 

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Antigen test

This department “maintains the epidemiological monitoring of the close contacts of the man on the flight who landed in Madrid from the Dutch capital. Furthermore, the infection was detected through a screening with an antigen test at Madrid airport. 

First person with Omicron variant detected in Spain

Moreover, as we write, there are 13 cases in Portugal and dozens across Europe. Therefore, the arrival in Spain of the new mutation of the SARS-CoV-2 virus seemed only a matter of time. Despite this, the government decided on Monday to take new measures to try to fence off the national territory and minimise the threat posed by the variant as much as possible. 

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