Fiocruz: Omicron prevalence rate exceeds 85% in Paraná

The Oswaldo Cruz Foundation (Fiocruz) Paraná confirmed, on Wednesday night (19), to the State Department of Health (Sesa), that the prevalence rate of the ômicron variant in the state is around 85.3%. In 190 new samples analyzed, 162 were positive for the strain and 28 for the delta variant, which was predominant in the state in 2021.

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The report on the circulation of Sars-CoV-2 virus strains, from the Carlos Chagas Institute, had already confirmed the predominance of the variant in the genome sequencing on Saturday (15). The analysis considers tests collected between January 3 and 9 of this year, in the four macro-regions of Paraná, in partnership with the Institute of Molecular Biology of Paraná (IBMP).

The strain is considered a “variant of concern” (VOC) by the World Health Organization (WHO). VOC tends to induce more severe cases and increase the transmissibility of the disease.

“We need the population to be aware and continue using masks, washing their hands, using gel alcohol and keeping the vaccination against covid-19 up to date, whether with the first dose in children, second dose in adults and adolescents and booster dose. ”, said the Secretary of State for Health, Beto Preto.

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Sesa had confirmed eight new cases of the variant this Wednesday, after the Genomic Sequencing Report of Fiocruz Rio de Janeiro, adding up to 100 records. With the sequencing of Fiocruz Paraná, the state now has 262 confirmations of the Ômicron, with no recorded deaths.

Source: BdF Paraná

Editing: Lia Bianchini

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