A first case of the Omicron variant of the coronavirus was detected in Italy in a man from the Naples region (south) who returned from Mozambique, announced this Saturday the Higher Institute of Health (ISS), which depends on the Italian government.

"The genome was sequenced by the laboratory (...) of the Sacco hospital in Milan (specializing in infectious diseases) from a positive sample of a patient from Mozambique", specified the ISS in a report. communicated.

"The patient and his family members are in good health."

"The sequencing of samples taken from members of his family who have tested positive and residing in the Campania region (the region of Naples) have already been scheduled", also indicated the ISS.

Southern Africa on the Red List

Italy on Friday banned entry to its territory to anyone who has stayed in southern Africa "during the last 14 days".

In addition, all flights from this region are prohibited.

The government has also demanded that people who have stayed in southern Africa in the last 14 days but are already on Italian territory immediately communicate it to health authorities, undergo a molecular test, place themselves in confinement for ten days and undergo a new one. test at the end of this period.

Outbreak of Covid-19 cases

Italy, like all of Europe, is facing an outbreak of new cases of Covid-19 from which it is seeking to protect itself by all means.

On Wednesday, the Italian government decided in particular to speed up the booster dose of the anti-Covid vaccine and to introduce restrictions for the unvaccinated.

Italy, which has paid a heavy price with more than 133,000 deaths since the start of the pandemic, has recorded for several days more than 10,000 new cases daily (12,877 on Saturday).

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