The First Omicron Case in Palestine


The Palestinian health ministry said on Sunday it had identified the first case of the omicron Covid-19 variant in the Gaza Strip. The virus is an infected Gazan in a coastal area, ministry official Majdi Dhair told a news conference.

Dhair said the contagion means the omicron , first identified in southern Africa and Hong Kong last month, is in Gaza and is now spreading among residents. The discovery poses new challenges for the enclave's underdeveloped health system.

The First Omicron Case of Palestine

Gaza, which has a population of 2.2 million people, has recorded 189,837 cases of Covid-19 infection and 1,691 deaths. Dhair urged Gazans to be vaccinated, stating that the percentage of those who had received the injections was about 40 percent. In the Israeli-occupied West Bank, three cases of the Omicron variant were detected among Palestinians on Dec. 16 and the number rose to 23 among the 3.1 million population.

How to Prevent Transmission of Covid-19 Omicron Variant?

·         Covid-19 Vaccination

Immediately get the Covid-19 vaccine to provide self-protection against the corona virus. Vaccines have been shown to be safe and effective for reducing transmission and symptoms of Covid-19.

·         Wear the mask correctly.

Use the mask correctly. Make sure the mask completely covers the mouth and nose. Change the mask every four hours or when it is wet. The N95 mask is the best choice. However, medical masks, and two-layer masks can also prevent transmission effectively.

·         Wash your hands

The virus will die when rubbed with soap and running water. Always remember to wash your hands anytime and anywhere. Hand sanitizer with alcohol content can be an alternative when there is no water and soap.

·         Stay home

Avoid going out of the house if there is no urgent need. Being outside increases the risk of transmission.

·         Keep your distance

Next is to keep your distance when you are outdoors. This rule requires each person to keep a distance of at least 1 meter with others to maintain exposure to droplets from people coughing, sneezing or talking. You should avoid crowds, crowded places and also insistence.

·         Boost the body's immunity

Strengthen endurance by applying a healthy lifestyle such as eating nutritiously, bandage fruits and vegetables, vitamins, and regular exercise.

·         Check the condition of the body

Always check the condition of your body and also your family at all times. If there are changes in symptoms such as fever accompanied by cough, fatigue, and so on immediately do a Covid-19 test and check with a doctor. Consult the best care doctor. Covid-19 treatment is tailored to the symptoms and severity. Mild and moderate symptoms can be treated at home with self-isolation so as not to transmit to others.

·         Reduce mobility

The more time you spend outdoors, the higher the risk of the body being exposed. Therefore, if there is no urgent need, stay at home. Kemenkes explained that even though you are healthy and there are no symptoms, not necessarily you are with the same condition when you go home.

Considering the corona virus can spread and infect a person quickly. Thank you for reading the International News-themed article about the first omicron case in Palestine, hopefully for the people who read it.

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