Omicron variant likely already Romania

The health ministry said all three persons were fully vaccinated and they display no symptoms and are in good health. [EPA-EFE/ROBERT GHEMENT]

There are “high suspicions” that two of the Romanian citizens returned this week from South Africa are infected with the Omicron variant of SARS-CoV-2, the health ministry said Thursday.

On Tuesday, Romania repatriated a few dozen citizens from South Africa following the ban of flights from this area applied by European Union countries. Three of them tested positive with the coronavirus, and there is a high probability that two of the cases are Omicron infections.

The health ministry said all three persons were fully vaccinated, and they display no symptoms and are in good health.

Meanwhile, Prime Minister Nicolae Ciuca met the representatives of religious groups to discuss the vaccination campaign and the behaviour of churchgoers during the pandemic.

The group’s representatives asked the prime minister not to make the green pass mandatory for church services.

The Romanian parliament is debating a law on COVID-19 certificates, but political parties have not agreed on which activities it should be mandatory. The government hopes the law will be adopted by the end of the year.

(Bogdan Neagu | EURACTIV.ro)

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