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DIRECT – Coronavirus: first two cases of the Omicron variant in Mauritius


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Two first cases of the Omicron variant of Covid-19 have been detected in Mauritius on a person returning from South Africa and on another whose spouse has stayed in this country, the Minister of Health announced on Friday.

“The two patients positive for the Omicron variant were asymptomatic during the medical follow-up. They remained under surveillance and the tests carried out Thursday were negative. They have already returned home”, detailed the Minister of Health, Dr Kailesh Jagutpal during of a press conference.

Tracing operations in the entourage of these two people were carried out, revealing 12 positive cases with a missing S gene, a sign indicative of the Omicron variant, he said.

Sequencing of these 12 samples is in progress in order to confirm possible contamination with the new variant.


The Europa League Conference meeting between Tottenham and Rennes, scheduled for Thursday in London and postponed due to cases of Covid-19 within the English team, could not be rescheduled and must therefore be canceled, announced on Saturday the UEFA.

“Unfortunately, and despite all efforts, a solution that could suit the two clubs could not be found,” a spokesperson told AFP, adding that the result of this group match would be determined by its supervisory and disciplinary body. Rennes, leader of the group, has already qualified for the round of 16, Tottenham had to win to snatch 2nd place, synonymous with play-offs, at Vitesse Arnhem.


According to La Voix du Nord, two epidemic foci of the B.1.640 variant, also called the “Congolese variant”, have been detected in northern France. According to the ARS, 18 positive cases have been identified.

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Peru, the country with the highest Covid-19 death rate in the world, recorded more than 100 deaths on Friday, for the first time in four months, the health ministry reported. The country has recorded 123 deaths and 1,356 cases, in the past 24 hours.

Since the start of the pandemic in March 2020, the Andean country of 33 million inhabitants has recorded 2.2 million infections and 201,650 deaths, according to the official report.


The Swiss drug agency Swissmedic has just approved the vaccination against the coronavirus of children from 5 years old with the messenger RNA vaccine from Pfizer / BioNtech. Until now, vaccination has been restricted to children over 12 years old. But the country is currently experiencing a very strong fifth wave, in which schools play an important role.