Cambodia detects first case of Omicron coronavirus variant

PHNOM PENH (REUTERS) – Cambodia has detected its first case of the Omicron coronavirus variant in a local woman who had travelled from Ghana.

The 23-year-old had returned from Ghana via Dubai and Bangkok, the Ministry of Health said in a statement issued on Tuesday (Dec 14).

The woman, who is 15 weeks pregnant, has been admitted to hospital for treatment, it said.

The Omicron variant, first detected in South Africa last month, has now been reported in more than 70 countries and is probably present in most worldwide.

The strain should not be dismissed as causing mild disease, the World Health Organisation said on Tuesday.

The South-east Asian nation reopened its borders last month to vaccinated tourists after achieving one of Asia’s highest Covid-19 vaccination rates, with more than 88 per cent of its 16 million people now inoculated.

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