Ehime Prefecture announced that it has been confirmed that a man in his 40s in Imabari City is infected with a new mutant virus "Omicron strain" of the new coronavirus.



This is the first time that Omicron strain infection has been confirmed in the prefecture.

Infection with the "Omicron strain" was confirmed in a man in his 40s in Imabari City.



The man returned from the Philippines on the 30th of last month and was advancing genome analysis on the suspicion that the prefecture was infected with the "Omicron strain" after a positive test was confirmed while waiting at home.



The man is admitted to a hospital in the prefecture, but his symptoms are mild.



This is the first time that Omicron strain infection has been confirmed in the prefecture.



On the other hand, the prefecture announced that it was confirmed that 3 people in Matsuyama city, 2 people in Niihama city, and 1 man and woman in Hiroshima prefecture were newly infected with the new corona.



Four of them are suspected of being infected with the "Omicron strain", and the prefecture is proceeding with genome analysis.



In the prefecture, no infection with the new corona was confirmed for 39 days until the 3rd, but 9 people were confirmed to be infected on the 4th and 5th.



The prefecture states that all cases are from outside the prefecture and that "community-acquired infections within the prefecture have not been confirmed."



Governor Nakamura said, "The pace of increase in infected people is accelerating in areas other than big cities. We would like to take measures on the premise that the number of infected people may increase rapidly in the prefecture."

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