Posted: Friday, December 3, 2021. 6:30 pm CST.
By BBN Staff: Reuters reports that a case of the latest mutation of the SARS-CoV-2 virus named the omicron variant has been discovered in neighboring Mexico, which could spell trouble for Belize.
Mexico’s Deputy Health Minister Hugo Lopez-Gatell posted on Twitter that the first omicron patient is a 51-year-old who traveled from South Africa. He noted that the patient’s “likelihood of recovery is favorable,” and called on the public to stay calm and continue adhering to protocols in place to prevent the spread of the virus.
The Mexican health ministry issued a statement explaining that the patient arrived at the Mexican capital on November 21 and did not present symptoms of the disease until six days later. The ministry noted that the patient was treated at a private hospital in Mexico City on November 29, and has gone into “voluntary preventative isolation.”
President Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador in a routine press briefing stressed that the variant ” isn’t more dangerous than other variants” as he echoed the call for the public to remain calm.
Today, the World Health Organization’s chief scientist also urged people not to panic over the emergence of the variant but said it was too early to say if current vaccines would be effective against this new variant.
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