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Brazil reports death by Ómicron; could be the first in Latin America

A 68-year-old man could be the first victim of the new variant of the coronavirus in Latin America.

A 68-year-old man could be the first victim of the new variant of the coronavirus in Latin America.

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Brazil reported its first fatality due to the Omicron variant on Thursday, an elderly man residing in a municipality in the center of the country, who despite having the three doses of the vaccine, failed to defeat the new variant of covid-19, according to official sources reported this Wednesday.

The 68-year-old man, who also may be the first victim of the new variant of the coronavirus in Latin AmericaSince until now no other country has reported data on deaths from Ómicron, he died in Aparecida de Goiania, a municipality in the state of Goiás, in central Brazil, where the new variant is already responsible for 93.5% of the cases.

According to the mayor of the municipality, the victim had received the two regulatory doses of the vaccination schedule and a third booster, but suffered from various comorbidities, such as high blood pressure and chronic lung disease.

According to the health authorities, To date, there are already 55 cases of Ómicron reported in Aparecida de Goiania, where transmission by the variant is already recognized as community, that is, among people who have not had contact with infected abroad.

“We lost a vaccinated patient who had chronic health problems, which are major risk factors for covid-19. Unfortunately, he did not resist. One life lost among thousands saved by immunization, ”said the municipality’s health secretary, Alessandro Magalhaes.

The confirmation of the first death by Ómicron in Brazil occurs ten days after the community transmission in the city was declared.

Despite the fact that vaccination helps in most cases to prevent the worsening of cases, to avoid hospitalizations and to reduce the risks of death from the disease and its variants, experts have repeatedly pointed out that immunization against covid-19 does not guarantees the contagion or recontagion of the virus.

With almost 620,000 fatalities and some 22.3 million infections, Brazil is the second country with the highest number of deaths from the virus, after the United States, and the third in number of positives, behind the North American country and India.

So far, the South American giant accumulates 265 cases confirmed by the new variant and 520 more in the analysis phase, according to figures from the Ministry of Health, which are considered outdated because studies indicate that 92.6% of those positive for covid- 19 analyzed in the country are caused by the Omicron variant.

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