While cases of the omicron variant have been reported in Trinidad, Cuba and Bermuda, there have been no reports of it in Antigua and Barbuda.
Chief Medical Officer (CMO) Dr Rhonda Sealey-Thomas told Observer that the Ministry of Health has not received any confirmation from CARPHA that Omicron is in the country.
Sealey-Thomas also assured that while the ministry is still awaiting results from a batch of samples, the public will be informed as soon as any confirmation has been received.
Omicron, was deemed as a ‘variant of concern’ by the WHO and has since spread to more than 70 countries, including India, the UK and several states in the US.
While the variant is not determined to be more deadly than the Delta, it appears to be more transmissible and thus poses a great threat for more vulnerable countries.