Omicron found in 95.6 pct of Poland's samples tested - health ministry

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The Omicron variant now accounts for 95.6 percent of all positive Covid tests, the health ministry's spokesperson said on Tuesday.

Poland has been struggling to contain the fifth wave of the coronavirus pandemic, now dominated by Omicron. The country reported 22,267 new coronavirus cases on Tuesday, down by 38 percent week on week, and 378 Covid fatalities, with the seven-day average daily death rate rising to 232.

"At the moment we have over 16,100 cases of the Omicron mutation, which is 95.6 percent of all sequenced samples. We are inevitably approaching 100 percent and the prevalence of the Omicron variant of the virus in the whole population of the country," Wojciech Andrusiewicz told a Tuesday press conference.

He added that now there are 675 cases of the Omicron BA.2 subvariant and 275 cases of the Omicron BA.3 subvariant in Poland, neither of which are more transmissible or virulent than other mutations.

Andrusiewicz also said that only one region in the country is currently recording minimal epidemic increases, the Kujawsko-Pomorskie province, which has had an average of 2 percent-growth in new cases over the last week.

Other provinces are already recording quite significant drops in new infections, he added.