Malta’s northern neighbour Italy identifies first Omnicron variant on its territory

With Italian authorities confirming their first identified case of the Omnicron variant of the COVID-19 virus, many in Malta are already asking how soon – and not if – will this new strain hit the Islands.

The Italian authorities first confirmed case of the Omicron variant was found in the region of Campania. The identified traveller has recently returned to the Italian mainland from Mozambique and had already been vaccinated with the two doses. He also has infected five members of his family, who are all reported in quarantined isolation but remain in good health.

With the recent outbreak in Europe of this new Covid variant, the first case of which had hit Belgium initially, it now has been identified in Germany, the U.K. and the Czech Republic. Downunder in Australia the emergence of the new variant

With the recent outbreak in Europe of this new Covid variant, the first case of which had hit Belgium initially, it now has been identified in Germany, the U.K. and the Czech Republic. Downunder in Australia the emergence of the new variant

With the recent outbreak in Europe of this new Covid variant, the first case of which had hit Belgium initially, it now has been identified in Germany, the U.K. and the Czech Republic. Downunder in Australia the emergence of the new variant has also been confirmed there.

The Omnicron variant is very different from the original virus and other new variants. It initially emerged in South Africa and spread to other African countries. The new variant’s mutations indicate that it had a quicker spread and that the administered vaccine may not be as effective against it.