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Egypt says it has identified its first cases of Omicron variant

3 tested upon arrival at Cairo International Airport are found to be infected with the highly-contagious strain; travelers reportedly flew in from South Africa

FIle -- People wait for arrivals outside the Cairo International Airport, in Cairo, Egypt, March 19, 2020 (AP Photo/Nariman El-Mofty)
FIle -- People wait for arrivals outside the Cairo International Airport, in Cairo, Egypt, March 19, 2020 (AP Photo/Nariman El-Mofty)

Egyptian health authorities said they have identified the country’s first cases of the highly transmissible omicron variant of the coronavirus.

Three people were found to have the variant among 26 travelers who tested positive for coronavirus at Cairo International Airport, the Health Ministry said in a statement late Friday. It didn’t say where the three came from.

The local Masrawy news outlet reported the three were among travelers from South Africa.

The ministry said two of the people infected showed no symptoms, while the third suffered from mild symptoms. The three have been isolated in a Cairo hospital, it said.

Authorities on Friday reported more than 900 confirmed new cases of coronavirus and 43 deaths over the previous 24 hours.

Egypt has reported a total 373,500 cases, including 21,277 fatalities, since the pandemic began.

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