623 new Omicron cases confirmed, two patients in serious condition

The Health Ministry announces 623 new Omicron cases in the last day, bringing the total since the variant first broke out to 1,741.

The ministry says the death of an 84-year-old woman is suspected to be related to the variant. The woman was fully vaccinated, including with a booster.

Two people are in serious condition, including one person hooked up to a ventilator. Both are unvaccinated.

Six others are hospitalized with less serious bouts, four of whom are vaccinated.

Over 1,000 of the confirmed Omicron carriers came from abroad, the ministry says.

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