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Madrid detects the first community transmission case of the Omicron variant

The 62-year-old man was vaccinated with two doses of the AstraZeneca formula, and has not travelled to or had contact with another person from countries where the variant has been detected

ÁLVARO SOTO

The Madrid region has confirmed a third case of the coronavirus Omicron variant, this Thursday (2 December), and the first one identified as being due to community transmission.

According to authorities, the 62-year-old man, who has mild symptoms, had been vaccinated with two doses of the AstraZeneca vaccine. In this latest case, the affected person does not have a travel history or close contact with another person who has travelled from another country where this variant has been detected, as with the two previous confirmed cases in the city.

The regional government in Madrid has revealed that the infected man presented the first symptoms on 29 November, and he is in isolation at home, with his cohabitating partner.

In addition, the General Directorate of Public Health is investigating two other cases with a suspected infection by the new Omicron variant, both with mild symptoms and also without a history of travel to risk countries.