The Ministry of Health has recorded four additional Omicron cases. This brings the total number of cases to 22. According to a press release from the Ministry of Health all four cases had a history of recent travel to the USA prior to the onset of symptoms.

The Ministry also stated that each patient has been isolated and will remain in isolation until the enhanced discharge criteria for persons with COVID-19 Variants of Concern are met. Additionally, contacts of the positive Omicron COVID-19 cases have been quarantined.

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The Ministry of Health (MoH) advises the population that on 12 January, 2022, four (4) additional cases of the COVID-19 Omicron Variant of Concern were confirmed. Therefore, to date, Trinidad and Tobago has confirmed 22 cases of the COVID-19 Omicron variant.

All four cases had a history of recent travel to the USA prior to the onset of symptoms.

Due to their positive COVID-19 results, each patient has been isolated and will remain in isolation until the enhanced discharge criteria for persons with COVID-19 Variants of Concern are met. Additionally, contacts of the positive Omicron COVID-19 cases have been quarantined.

The presence of the Omicron variant was confirmed via gene sequencing at the laboratory of the Faculty of Medical Sciences, University of the West Indies.

As of January 6, 2022, the World Health Organization (WHO) has confirmed that the Omicron variant of Concern had been identified in 149 countries. Research has suggested that this variant is more easily spread from person to person as compared to previous variants but further information is needed on its impact on persons who contract this variant.