The country’s Chief Medical Officer (CMO) Dr Rhonda Sealey-Thomas said health officials have identified three cases of Covid’s Omicron variant among the 499 active cases in Antigua and Barbuda to date.
On Thursday, without releasing the exact number, the Ministry of Health disclosed that the fast spreading but seemingly less deadly Omicron variant had reached the shores of the twin islands.
And, as part of the Ministry of Health’s regular sequencing for Covid-19 and surveillance, samples were sent to the Caribbean Public Health Agency (CARPHA) where the three cases were detected.
Dr Sealey-Thomas told Observer yesterday that Omicron is more transmissible than the other variants, hence the need for residents to continue to take serious precaution.
“If it’s more transmissible, it means we need to be even more vigilant with protocols, social and public health measures to control the disease. We need to continue to practice social and physical distancing, the things that we have been preaching, we need to get vaccinated,” she said.