First Omicron Death in Brazil Confirmed

Patient was a 68-year-old man with comorbidities and immunized with three doses of the vaccine in Aparecida de Goiânia

The first death caused by the omicron variant of the coronavirus in Brazil was confirmed this Thursday (6) by the health department of Aparecida de Goiânia, municipality of Goiás. A 68-year-old man died after testing positive for the new strain in the city, which is located in Greater Goiania.

The patient was hypertensive and had chronic obstructive pulmonary disease. According to the ministry, the man was immunized with two doses of the vaccine against Covid-19 from the primary scheme and also with the booster dose. A genomic sequencing study carried out recently in the city detected the omicron variant in 90% of coronavirus cases. On Thursday night, the state health department also confirmed the death caused by the omicron.

In a note, the Ministry of Health said that it was notified of the death by the health department of Aparecida de Goiânia. "This is an elderly man with comorbidities. This is the first death by the variant in the country notified to MS," said the ministry. The ômicron variant already represents 92.6% of positive tests for the detection of Covid in Brazil, according to a survey carried out by laboratories in the country released this Thursday.

Translated by Kiratiana Freelon

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