The Ministry of Health and Social Protection announced on Tuesday the detection of 27 new confirmed cases of the Omicron variant of the coronavirus, bringing the number of confirmed cases to 28.
In a statement, the department also reported 46 suspected cases of the new variant, specifying that 13 confirmed cases have been identified in the Casablanca-Settat region, 11 in the Rabat-Salé-Kénitra region and 4 in Fez-Meknes.
“Since 15 December, when the first case of Omicron appeared on the national territory, 27 other new cases have been recorded, bringing the total number of infections with the new strain to 28,” the ministry said in a statement.
Regarding the origin of the confirmed cases, the Ministry reveals that 20 were detected in the context of seven family epidemiological clusters, while eight are isolated cases. Five patients are children aged between 4 months and 13 years, the same source said.
In addition, the ministry also reported 46 suspected contaminations of the Omicron variant, 14 of which were in the Marrakech-Safi region.
Suspected cases are identified on a daily basis, particularly within epidemiological clusters or contact cases. They are subjected to PCR tests before being confirmed by genomic analysis.
The Ministry recalled that 381 new cases were registered today, the highest number of infections since the beginning of the intermediate phase, including 38 suspected Omicron cases.
In this regard, he warned of the deterioration of the epidemiological situation, given the observed increase in cases of infection and the number of family clusters in particular.
The department urged all citizens to strictly adhere to individual and collective preventive measures, including the correct wearing of protective masks, frequent hand washing or disinfection, and physical distancing, while getting vaccinated without delay, especially with the third dose.