This subvariant has spread to some forty countries, including Denmark, the UK and India, which is why the World Health Organization has requested that its development is monitored. Up to five cases have been detected in Spain, according to data from the three regions on Thursday. This figure is expected to increase over the coming days. It is assumed to be highly transmissible but is more difficult to detect in certain diagnostic tests; hence, the "stealth".
In Madrid, the microbiology service at the Gregorio Marañón University Hospital detected the first two cases. The regional health minister, Enrique Ruiz Escudero, says that at present, and with due caution, "we are not particularly worried". "We are monitoring the people who have been infected and we will make decisions, if we have to."
Otherwise, Omicron continues to dominate transmission, with indicators having softened over the past twelve days. However, there are questions about incidence data, health authorities aware of the underreporting in the general statistics of positive cases that are detected by self-diagnostic tests.
* Earlier this week, Son Espases in Palma suggested that up to ten cases of BA.2 had been detected.
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It's time to end this obsession with covid. There are miniscule deaths that have covid mentioned on their death certificate. Do we lockdown or create a two tier society because of a bad flu year? Yes people do die with the flu.
It's pretty clear now that tourism isn't going to be any problem this year. Maybe for Brits who think it's "just a cold" and refuse to adopt simple and effective measures or get vaccinated against it. But that's their problem. Apparently, they've forgotten that just a year ago, Britain was the world's most afflicted with highest number of deaths per capita. "World beating". There's always Blackpool and Brighton, where you don't have to use some worthless 3rd world currency or drive on the wrong side of the road. Or get vaxxed. Or wear a mask.
Do they want tourists or not?? Follow Denmark. Follow us in the UK. We are doing well. No lockdown and getting on with life. Deaths dropping fast and infections high but no hospitalisations. We are finally waking up to the fact that it might be a bad cold at worst and a sniffle at best!