Brazil's First Death Case From COVID-19 Infected With Omicron

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On January 6, local time, a person infected with the Omicron died in Goiânia, the capital of the state of Goiás in central Brazil. According to the city government report, the deceased was a 68-year-old man who had received 3 doses of the COVID-19 vaccine. He suffered from chronic obstructive pulmonary disease and hypertension during his lifetime. This is the first death in Brazil due to infection with the Omicron.

According to the official website of the Brazilian National Council of Ministers of Health, 27,578 new confirmed cases of COVID-19 were recorded in the country from January 4 to January 5. The number of newly confirmed cases in the past 7 days reached 12,391, compared with the previous 7 days. The daily average number of newly confirmed cases has increased by 318%. The country's health experts analyzed that the sharp increase in the number of newly confirmed cases may be related to the stronger transmission power of the Omicron.

The results of sampling and analysis jointly completed by the Brazilian Dasa laboratory and the DB laboratory show that after the virus gene sequencing of 337 new infected virus samples from patients with COVID-19 between December 26, 2021, and January 1, 2022, 92.6% of the patients were infected with Omicron.