Palestinians detect first cases of Omicron variant

RAMALLAH, West Bank, Dec 16 (Reuters) - The Palestinian health ministry said on Thursday that it had identified the first cases of the COVID-19 Omicron variant in territory under its jurisdiction in the Israeli-occupied West Bank.

Three cases were detected, and all were individuals who had recently returned to the West Bank from abroad, health ministry spokesman Kamal Al-Shakhrah said in a statement.

Reporting by Ali Sawafta, Editing by William Maclean

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