Hospital fountains of the city of Tampa, on the west coast of Florida (USA), confirmed this Tuesday the detection of the first case of contagion by the omicron variant of the coronavirus in this state, a variant that is already present in 18 other US states
This is a person who tested positive for this variant COVID-19 after having recently returned from an international trip, he said. Kimberly Antos, spokesman for the James A. Haley Veterans Hospital, Tampa.
“We can confirm the detection of a case of the omicron variant” of COVID-19 in a patient suffering “mild symptoms,” Haley said, according to the channel. 10 Tampa Bay.
In addition to Florida, with a first confirmed case of the omicron variant, the rest of the states where this infection has been detected are New York, Massachusetts, Connecticut, Pennsylvania, Maryland, New Jersey, California, Washington, Utah, Colorado, Missouri, Mississippi, Minnesota, Wisconsin, Louisiana, Nebraska, Georgia, and Hawaii.
“Despite the increased attention garnered by the omicron variant, the delta variant continues to be the main one circulating in the United States“The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) say on their website.
The omicron variant of COVID-19 appears not to cause as serious a disease as feared, despite being more contagious, but its global expansion has already affected the economy and fears of further restrictive measures are affecting the market.
This variant, which has spread to about 40 countries, It was detected for the first time in the US on December 1 and, since then, the health authorities of each state have been counting their own cases of omicron, adds the agency.
The United States has registered 49 million two thousand 475 confirmed infections of coronavirus and 785 thousand 655 deaths from COVID-19 until Monday, with a vaccination rate of 75.6% with at least one dose.
From the week of November 26 to December 2, Florida registered 10,892 new cases of COVID-19, a figure that has remained stable in the last six weeks, already well below the more than 21,000 new daily cases that are reported this summer.
Although the total for that week in Florida is higher than the previous one (9,645 cases), it is practically like that of the previous two weeks (10,890 and 10,711), according to the weekly report that reports on Fridays. the state Department of Health.
No cases of the omicron variant of the coronavirus had been detected so far in Florida, but state health authorities were preparing to deal with its potential emergence.