On Thursday, the Ministry of Health and Wellness announced that the highly contagious Omicron BA.2 variant of COVID-19 is in Jamaica, as two of the 98 samples tested positive, in the latest gene sequencing procedure that was done by the National Influenza Centre at the University of the West Indies.
According to the World Health Organisation (WHO) the BA.2 variant is the dominant variant globally and is highly transmissible, which is expected to increase the positive tests on the island with the symptoms, being mild, compared to other previous variants.
The ministry, however, warned Jamaicans to be cautious, as persons with comorbidities are at risk of severe illness, and persons who have mild symptoms and no symptoms may be at risk for developing long COVID.
The Omicron BA.2 variant is the latest in a long list that has been found since the beginning of the COVID-19 pandemic in late 2019. The virus has had a major impact on the world since, affecting economies with several countries, including Jamaica, having to close borders to protect citizens, as the healthcare system has also suffered.
Loop News went to Half-Way Tree on Friday for this week’s Let’s Talk: How concerned are you that the new COVID variant is in the island?