By Tamsin Brown • 27 January 2022 • 8:24
The first three cases of what has been dubbed “stealth omicron”, the recently-detected subvariant of omicron, have been confirmed in Spain.
Two cases of the subvariant of omicron, known as BA.2, have been detected in Cataluña, and another has been detected in the Balearic Islands, according to the Departments of Health of both autonomous communities. These cases are the first cases of “stealth omicron” to be detected in Spain.
In the Balearic Islands, the case was detected by the Microbiology team at the Son Espases University Hospital in Palma, led by Antoni Oliver.
This subvariant has been dubbed “stealth omicron” because, according to the first tests, it cannot be detected by diagnostic tests and it is very similar to the original omicron. Scientists are now studying whether it is more contagious or not, after it has started to spread in countries such as Denmark and the United Kingdom.
The minister of Health, Carolina Darias, stated on January 26 that “the information we have from Denmark is that it does not seem that it behaves very differently to BA.1”, but she insisted that it would still be necessary to be cautious and keep a close eye on its evolution.
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Originally from London, Tamsin is based in Malaga and is a local reporter for the Euro Weekly News covering Spanish and international news.
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