Senegal records first Omicron case in tourist who attended demonstration

Amid a surge of coronavirus disease (COVID-19) cases in Senegal
People wait to receive a dose of coronavirus disease (COVID-19) vaccine at Philippe Senghor Hospital in Dakar. REUTERS/Zohra Bensemra

DAKAR, Dec 5 (Reuters) - Senegal has recorded its first case of the Omicron variant of the coronavirus in a tourist who attended a demonstration in the capital Dakar last month with about 300 people of varying nationalities, testing lab IRESSEF said on Sunday.

The 58-year-old man was visiting from another West African country and tested positive when leaving Senegal on Friday. He is under quarantine and has no symptoms, the lab said in a statement.

Reporting by Diadie Ba; Writing by Edward McAllister; Editing by David Clarke

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