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Omicron infections surge to 35 in Palestinian territories

A health worker administers a Covid-19 vaccine to a resident inside a ministry of health mobile vaccination unit in Khan Younis, Gaza, on Tuesday, December 7, 2021 [Ahmad Salem/Bloomberg via Getty Images]
A health worker administers a Covid-19 vaccine to a resident inside a ministry of health mobile vaccination unit in Khan Younis, Gaza, on Tuesday, December 7, 2021 [Ahmad Salem/Bloomberg via Getty Images]

The tally of the COVID omicron variant in the Palestinian territories has surged to 35, the Palestinian Health Ministry said on Monday, reports Anadolu Agency.

In a statement, ministry spokesman Kamal Al-Shakhra said one case of the virus was detected in the Gaza Strip.

He said the majority of those who tested positive for the virus had come from outside the Palestinian territories.

Palestinian health authorities reported the first three cases of the new variant on December 23.

The World Health Organisation has warned that the omicron variant was spreading significantly faster than the delta strain.

READ: First Omicron case detected in Gaza

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