Coronavirus: Bosnia reports first 10 Omicron cases, says likely to be dominant soon

Coronavirus: Bosnia reports first 10 Omicron cases, says likely to be dominant soon
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29 December, 2021
Official statistics suggest only about 30 percent of Bosnians have been vaccinated. However a senior health official said he believed the number was far higher given a mass exodus of Bosnians in recent years.
Omicron will become the dominant Covid-19 variant in Bosnia within months, health officials said [Thanasis/Getty]

Bosnia has identified its first 10 Omicron Covid-19 infections and there are likely more, with the highly transmissible coronavirus variant expected to become dominant in the next couple of months, health officials said on Wednesday.

Goran Cerkez, the assistant health minister in Bosnia's autonomous Bosniak-Croat Federation, said the 10 cases were discovered in tests by the Clinical Centre of Sarajevo University.

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"We have no doubt that Omicron has been already circulating in Bosnia and that it will become the dominant variant in the next couple of months," Cerkez told Reuters.

Administratively fragmented Bosnia does not have a national health ministry but instead has 13 regional governments and ministries, each of which comes out with its own statistics.

Official statistics suggest only about 30 percent of Bosnians have been inoculated against Covid-19. However Cerkez said he believed the number was far higher because the statistics did not take into account a mass exodus of Bosnians in recent years.

(Reuters)