Serbia registers the first cases of the omicron variant of the coronavirus

December 24, 2021

A woman walks past graffiti in Pristina in a stock image. EFE / VALDRIN XHEMAJ

Belgrade, Dec 24 (EFE) .- Four cases of infections with the omicron variant of the coronavirus have been reported in Serbia and the patients are members of a family who arrived from Botswana, the Serbian daily Politika reports this Friday.
According to public television RTS, the Institute of Microbiology and Immunology indicated this Thursday that the four people arrived at the Belgrade airport several days ago with a negative PCR and were placed in isolation for coming from the risk area, but subsequent tests showed the contagion with the new strain.
A woman in the family is hospitalized, but the four patients feel fine, the virologist Tanja Jovanovic, from the government body for the management of the covid, told the station.
He indicated that the epidemiological situation in Serbia is unstable although it has improved in recent weeks, and announced that measures will soon be strengthened in the face of potential mass celebrations of end-of-year parties that pose a great risk of spreading the virus.
He also insisted on vaccination and booster doses as the best form of protection against covid and new strains.
In Serbia, with just under seven million inhabitants, 46% of the population has been vaccinated with the full regimen.
In neighboring Montenegro, the media reported that the head of state, Milo Djukanovic, tested positive for coronavirus, has mild symptoms and is feeling fine.
Djukanovic is in isolation and fulfills his commitments as president, according to his press office.