Four additional persons in the Maldives have tested positive for the new coronavirus variant, Omicron, the Health Protection Agency (HPA) has confirmed.
The HPA said today at a press conference that the new cases of Omicron were discovered in four travelers who had visited South Africa before travelling to the Maldives.
A risk assessment of the situation has been initiated, HEOC’s epidemiologist Dr Ibrahim Afzal informed the media at the news briefing confirming additional Omicron cases, with discussions underway to adopt preventive measures.
He added that more precautionary measures would be disclosed following the end of the discussions.
The first case of Omicron was discovered in the Maldives on December 5, from a South African visitor.
In addition, the Maldives barred travelers from seven southern African nations on November 28 due to concerns over the new coronavirus variant. South Africa, Namibia, Mozambique, Lesotho, Botswana, Zimbabwe, and Eswatini are the seven African countries that have been added to the travel restriction list.