Iraq Discloses First Five Case of Omicron Variant

The Iraqi health ministry officials said they have detected the first five cases of Omicron variant of COVID-19 in Duhok province.

Kurdistan’s Minister of Health Saman Barzanji in a press briefing said the patients are members of a single family who had returned from abroad recently.

Their health conditions are stable, Barzanji said, and they don’t require further medical care. “They are in quarantine, and all necessary measures have been taken to prevent further spread of the virus in society,” Barzanji added.

However, Barzanji did not say from which country they came and when.

Meanwhile, in a separate statement, the ministry recorded 665 new COVID-19 cases in the last 24 hours, pushing the total number of infections to 2,095,848 across the country.

Three patients also their lives to the virus during the same period of hours, said the statement, bringing the death toll to 24,194, while the total recoveries in Iraq climbed by 344 to 2,066,713.

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