Russia reports its first cases of omicron COVID-19 variant

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Russian health officials said on Monday that they had confirmed the first two cases of the Omicron type of coronavirus in travelers who returned from South Africa.

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According to media reports, all those returning from South Africa in recent days have been quarantined in observation facilities. Rospotrebnadzor said all passengers who tested positive for the virus have been hospitalized. It was not immediately clear whether he was hospitalized as a precaution or because he was seriously ill.

Russia restricted entry to all foreigners traveling from countries in Southern Africa and required all Russian nationals returning from South Africa or neighboring countries to quarantine for 14 days due to the Omicron variant, which was first introduced in South Africa. was reported by scientists in

Russia reported 32,136 new cases on Friday and 1,184 deaths. The state coronavirus task force has reported a total of more than 9.8 million confirmed infections and 282,462 deaths in the pandemic. But a report released Friday by state statistics agency Rosstat, which uses broad criteria, put the total number of virus-linked deaths between April 2020 and October 2021 at more than 537,000 – nearly double the official toll.

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