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Minister: “Omicron Variant Is Spreading Quickly”

“The Omicron variant is spreading quickly,” Minister of Health Kim Wilson has warned as the island’s active cases increase to 62, more than double the amount there were earlier this month.

The Government confirmed the first case of Omicron on December 7th, and as of the most recent statistics, as far as the 47 active cases where typing is available, the Ministry said 34% [16] are Delta and 60% [31] are Omicron.

In releasing the most recent test results, the Minister said, “The Omicron variant is spreading quickly, and now is not the time to let our guard down, now is the time to be extra cautious. Our health and safety depends on being vaccinated [including getting your booster if eligible], wearing masks, physical distancing, proper ventilation and really good hand hygiene. We must do it all.

“As the World Health Organization warned this week, the Omicron variant is spreading at a rate we have not seen with any previous variant. The coronavirus thrives on human contact, and as we head into the holiday season, we must continue to follow public health guidance.”

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