According to The Hill newspaper, this strain was detected in three women and one man who had no contact with each other.

The Department of Health of the District of Columbia confirmed the identification of the first cases of infection with the Omicron strain of coronavirus in the American capital. According to The Hill newspaper, it was detected in three women and one man who had no contact with each other.

All four, according to the publication, were fully vaccinated against COVID-19, but at least one of the infected did not get the booster vaccination she was supposed to.

Two women, the newspaper writes, recently made trips to Maryland and Virginia, the third visited the states of Florida and New York. A man living alone has not traveled anywhere in recent weeks.

In connection with the registration of these cases, the Health Department of the capital once again called on all its residents to be vaccinated against coronavirus infection as soon as possible, who have not yet done so, and to re-vaccinate those who were vaccinated more than six months ago.

The publication recalled that, according to preliminary data released last week, the effectiveness of the protection provided by the antiviral vaccine of the American company Pfizer and its German partner BioNTech is significantly reduced after several months, and two vaccinations may not be enough to prevent infection with the Omicron strain – a third dose is needed.

The first cases of infection with the omicron strain, writes The Hill, have already been recorded in more than 10 states of the country. It has been established that this strain is more contagious than the delta strain, but there is no certainty yet as to how serious a threat it poses to humans.