SANTIAGO — Chile reported on Saturday its first case of the Omicron variant of the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) after confirming that the case was discovered in a person entering the country from Ghana on Nov. 25.
The Regional Ministry of Health of Valparaiso reported that the traveler entered Chile with a negative PCR test, but another test at the Santiago airport returned a positive result.
According to authorities, the passenger was fully vaccinated at the time and is currently in good health in isolation at a sanitary residence.
The Chilean Ministry of Health registered 2,060 new cases of COVID-19 in the last 24 hours, for a total of 1,770,620 infections.
The ministry also reported the deaths of 26 people from the disease in the same period, for a total of 38,465 fatalities so far.