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Tension High As 11 Omicron Variant Cases Are Reported In East Africa

11 Omicron cases have been confirmed in Uganda.

Uganda stated on Tuesday that it had detected cases of the Omicron Covid-19 form in travellers entering the country, marking the first cases of the disease in East Africa.

The infections were discovered in people who traveled in from five different countries and were inspected at Entebbe International Airport, Ugandan medical authorities said in a statement.

Five were from Nigeria, two from South Africa, and two from the United Arab Emirates, where the variation was first discovered.

Others had arrived from the Netherlands and the Democratic Republic of Congo, respectively.

Omicron has now been discovered in over 40 nations around the world, just two weeks after it was initially discovered in South Africa.

The heavily mutated variant has heightened fears of another deadly wave of infections, indicating that the pandemic's nearly two-year fight is far from over.

Some European governments have adopted strong measures, including as mandatory mask-wearing and social separation, as well as travel bans, primarily aimed at southern Africa.

Uganda was spared the worst of the pandemic after imposing among of the continent's first and most stringent containment measures.

According to the health ministry, 127,708 infections have been registered in the East African country, with 3,258 of them being deadly.

However, inoculation has been slow, as it has been in other countries in the region, due to apprehension about vaccinations and a lack of vaccines.

According to the most recent government figures, only 7.6 million people in the 45-million-strong country had been vaccinated.

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