Health Minister Jane Ruth Aceng has called for calm among Ugandans, saying the new Omicron COVID-19 variant is not lethal, among vaccinated people.

Uganda has yesterday confirmed its first seven cases of the Omicron variant.

The health ministry said that cases were identified in travellers from Nigeria and South Africa among others.

Speaking to journalists for the first time since this confirmation, Aceng said that the patients have been isolated, but there is nothing to fear.

Aceng said that it is likely that the variant had already spread across the world without being identified, because so far 38 countries across the globe have already reported Omicron cases.

Aceng said that, however, the variant could affect the unvaccinated people more, and used this chance to urge Ugandans to go get vaccinated.

According to the Health Ministry, at least 7 million people have so far been vaccinated. End.

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