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The Pasteur Institute confirms the presence of the Omicron variant in Ivory Coast

The Director General of the Pasteur Institute of Abidjan, Pr Dosso Mireille, confirmed, on Tuesday 04 January 2022, the presence of the Omicron variant in Côte d'Ivoire, during the Tribune d' information and awareness-raising "All about", initiated by the Government Information and Communication Center (CICG).

"Yes, Côte d'Ivoire has not escaped the emergence of the Omicron variant. Out of 134 samples tested, we had 78 samples positive for the Omicron variant", explained Pr Dosso.

It also specifies that the Omicron virus is much more transmissible and its mutations make it possible to infect more quickly. This explains the significant increase in the number of cases. On the other hand, it is less virulent, depending on the history of the infected person and his state of health.

In view of the contagiousness of the variant, Pr Mireille Dosso advises all people who complain of flu, cough, sore throat, fever, these signs identical to those of Covid-19, to go get tested.

"For the moment, the data in our possession does not reveal that we have an influenza epidemic in Côte d'Ivoire. 95% of people who show these signs may be cases of Covid-19, "she warns.

Faced with this increase in the number of cases, the director general of the National Institute of Public Hygiene (INHP), Pr Bénie Bi Vroh, recommended that the population be tested in the event of signs, to avoid self-medication , to be vaccinated and to invite those around you to be vaccinated and to continue to observe the barrier measures even when you are vaccinated.

The Ministry of Health, Public Hygiene and Universal Health Coverage recorded on Tuesday 1,009 new cases of Covid-19 out of 4,375 samples taken, i.e. 23.1% positive cases, 416 cured and 2 deaths. .

As of January 4, 2022, Côte d'Ivoire therefore has 73,786 confirmed cases, including 63,365 people cured, 723 deaths and 9,698 active cases. The total number of samples is 1,247,438.

On January 3, 19,365 doses of vaccine were administered, for a total of 7,243,628 doses from March 1, 2021 to January 3, 2022.

[Source.: By Simon Benjamin Bassole, Agence Ivoiriene de Presse, Abdijan, 05Jan22]

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