Information release on detection of SARS-CoV-2 Omicron variant

The Ministry of Health is continuously conducting “COVID-19 Molecular Disease Surveillance”, and releasing information on the detection of SARS CoV-2 Omicron variant from those who return by relief flights in a timely manner.

The laboratory samples of the COVID-19 virus of the returnees were sent to the National Health Laboratory and No 1 Defence Services General Hospital (1000-bed) on 20-1-2022 and the SARS-CoV-2 Omicron variant was found in 28 laboratory samples. 28 Omicron cases were Myanmar nationals — 11 entered the country from Malaysia, six from the Philippines, three from Thailand, four from Singapore, two from India, one each from the UAE and Russia by relief flights.

The patients are admitted to the designated hospitals for medical treatment and the passengers who returned together with them now undergo strict quarantine and lab tests. Therefore, it is announced that the ministry is stepping up the COVID-19 disease monitoring and control measures plus disease prevention, control and treatment activities.

Ministry of Health