Tuesday, January 18

Covid-19. Omicron variant: even vaccinated, contact cases must remain in isolation

Anyone “in contact” with another, tested positive for the new variant of the coronavirus, Omicron, will have to be isolated even if they are vaccinated, the health ministry said on Saturday.

“Any person at risk of a possible case or of a confirmed case of the B1.1.529 variant, regardless of their vaccination status, must be considered as” high risk contact “and must therefore be placed in quarantine”, according to the text sent to health establishments and professionals.

Currently in France, where no confirmed case of this variant has yet been announced, if a person is in contact with a person infected with the coronavirus, he must only isolate himself for seven days if he is not vaccinated or if her vaccination schedule is incomplete and / or she is immunocompromised, according to Health Insurance.

In addition, also asked the Directorate General of Health, “for each screening, health professionals must ask people about the trips made during the last 14 days.

Across Europe, the hunt for the Omicron variant has started

Concern was growing in Europe on Saturday in the face of this new variant of the coronavirus, with the announcement on Friday of a confirmed case in Belgium, followed by two cases made public on Saturday in the United Kingdom, the same in Germany, and one case in Italy.

Finally, in the Netherlands 61 passengers who arrived on Friday on two flights from South Africa tested positive for Covid-19.


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