The Community of Madrid has confirmed this Friday the fourth positive case of contagion by the omicron variant of covid-19 in the region, the first due to reinfection .
It is about a 23-year-old girl whose contact is related to the 62-year-old man who was infected by community transmission , as confirmed by the Ministry of Health.
Infected for the second time
The young woman was infected with covid last summer, this time by the Delta variant , the predominant one in the Community. He is in good condition, has mild symptoms and is in home isolation .
As in the rest of the positives in the region, the young woman has received the complete vaccination schedule , in this case with two doses of Pfizer .
Seven active cases in Spain
In total , seven cases of omicron have been confirmed in Spain: four in Madrid, two in Catalonia and another in the Balearic Islands.
In addition, earlier this week the positive for this new variant of SARs-CoV-2 was confirmed in a 51-year-old man and a 61-year-old woman who arrived in Spain from South Africa via stopover in Amsterdam (Netherlands). In both cases they tested positive for covid-19 in an antigen test carried out at the Adolfo Suárez Madrid-Barajas Airport.
As for these last three cases, those infected were immunized with the two doses of Pfizer and with the double vial of AstraZeneca. In addition, there are several suspected cases in the region.
Previous infection may not protect against the new variant
They have also spoken in this regard from the World Health Organization (WHO), which has pointed out that the previous infection might not protect against the new omicron variant, contrary to what was happening with Delta. “We think that previous infection does not provide protection against infection due to omicron. However, hopefully it will provide protection against hospital admission and death. That is quite large because the previous infection used to protect against delta and now with omicron does not seem to be the case, “he said on Tuesday.
In any case, the Minister of Health of the Community of Madrid, Enrique Ruiz Escudero, has called for caution before the confirmation of community transmission by the omicron variant in the region but has stressed that, despite this increase in contagiousness that produced, the clinical picture develops with mild symptoms, which allows us to speak of “a certain optimism.”
In this sense, he has admitted that the appearance of a new variant always generates “some concern” , with the “not so good news” of a greater reinfection, but has considered that there are still “weeks” to clear up certain “uncertainties” such as vaccine escape.