The Delta variant predominates over the Omicron variant, according to the latest sequencing. The same communiqué from the Ministry of Health announced 13 deaths and 600 positive cases for the week of 21-28 January.
Of the 13 victims, 4 were under 60 years of age, 8 were unvaccinated and 11 suffered from comorbidities. The ENT hospital recorded 15 admissions, 3 of which are on ventilator, 2 of which were not vaccinated, and 12 on high oxygen flow, 4 of which were not vaccinated. The regional hospitals have admitted 143 positive patients.
Delta reigns supreme
Sequencing tests on 80 samples collected between 27 December 2021 and 3 January 2022 were conclusive. The Delta variant predominates with 54 cases, of which only 1 was imported, and 26 cases of the Omicron variant, of which 6 were imported. These results announced by the Central Health Laboratory were sequenced by Kwazulu Natal Research in South Africa.
600 cases for the week
600 local positive cases have been identified through PCR testing. A further 104 positive cases have been detected in passengers. 54 people are currently in quarantine. As of Friday 28 January, the country has recorded 128 positive cases detected by PCR tests and 41 admissions, including 3 at New ENT Hospital. In Rodrigues, the toll is dynamic, we have 187 positive cases and 81 admissions. Indeed, the rate of cases has increased very quickly, the first local case was announced on Thursday 27 January at 6 am, at noon the rate was 14 cases, at 8 pm, 64 cases and at 11 pm, 66 cases confirmed and on Friday 28 January, the authorities have announced 68 more cases. The Ministry of Health has announced that a team of specialists will be dispatched to Rodrigues this weekend. For the time being, there is no indication from the Ministry whether the people of Rodrigues have been infected with B1.1.318, the Delta variant, the Omicron variant or another variant!
Vaccination in progress
Vaccination continues, 978,605 people are primo vaccinated, 930,676 have received two doses and 347,736 have received the third/booster dose with 214,465 at Johnson & Johnson, 8,755 at Sinopharm, 2825 at Astra Zeneca and 121,691 at Pfizer. Adolescents aged between 12 and 17 years, who received a first dose of Pfizer vaccine, amount to 66,697 and 44,891 have received the second dose. In Rodrigues, 72.6% of the population received the first dose, 66.1% the second and 8,539 the third/booster dose.