A strain of coronavirus new for Moldova has been detected in the country after the latest tests.
The Omicron strain of COVID-19 has been officially registered in patients in Moldova, the head of the National Public Health Agency (NPHA) Nicolae Jelamschi said at a press conference on Tuesday.
According to him, 16 cases of infection with this strain have been confirmed.
“Eight people were hospitalized with a moderate form of the disease, two more with a severe form. There is also a pregnant woman among the infected,” Jelamschi added.
He clarified that there is also a two-month-old baby also among the infected.
“NPHA performed the first sequencing this year. The sampling period was from January 1 to January 8. A total of 149 positive tests with a pronounced viral concentration were collected. Of these, 38 of the most concentrated were identified and 16 turned out to be Omicron,” the head of the agency added.
Of these 16 cases, 11 were detected in men and five in women. The largest number of Omicron of 12 cases was confirmed in Chisinau. Two more cases – in Durlesti, one each – in the Straseni district and Transnistria.