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INSP: Criteria for significant community transmission of the Omicron variant at national level has been met

The National Institute of Public Health (INSP) reported on Tuesday that the criteria for significant community transmission of the Omicron variant of the SARS-CoV-2 virus at the national level have been met.

According to INSP, in the week of January 3-9, 203 cases with the Omicron variant were confirmed.

As of January 9, 295 Omicron cases have been confirmed: 28.1% (83 cases) have a travel history to the UK (32), Italy (11), South Africa (8), Tanzania (6), Nigeria (5), Spain (4), USA (3), Austria (2), Bulgaria (2), UAE (2), France (2), Belgium (1), Cyprus (1), Mexico (1), The Netherlands (1), Portugal (1), DR Congo (1).

Moreover, 9.2% (27 cases) are in 18 family outbreaks, totaling 58 cases of COVID-19. The outbreaks were detected in Bucharest (10) and the counties of Cluj (2), Iasi (2), Arges (1), Brasov (1), Calarasi (1), Prahova (1). Of the outbreaks, 11 reported a history of travel/contact with a person arriving from France (1), Spain (1), the United States (1), and the United Kingdom (8).

According to the INSP, 13 cases were epidemiologically related to a COVID-19 case; 135 cases have no epidemiological link mentioned, and 37 cases – could not be contacted.

Of the 295 confirmed cases with Omicron, 192 (65%) had been vaccinated, of whom 191 (99%) had been fully vaccinated.

No deaths were reported in confirmed cases with Omicron, the INSP said.

As of January 9, 2022, a number of 8,414 sequencing processes were reported to INSP – CNSCBT, of which 328 in the week of January 3-9.

The 328 sequencing processes were reported by the “Cantacuzino” Institute (143) and the “Matei Bals” Institute (185).

To date, there have been 7,808 cases confirmed with SARS-CoV-2 variants of concern: 1,722 – with the Alpha variant, 11 – with the Beta variant, 23 with the Gamma variant, 5,757 – with the Delta variant and 295 with the Omicron variant (variant of SARS-CoV-2 belonging to the Pango line B.1.1.529, with a large number of mutations in the S gene compared to the original virus, detected in early November 2021).

Also in the week of January 3-9, 125 COVID cases with the Delta variant were confirmed.

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