Peru has detected its first four cases of Omicron in the country, health minister Hernando Cevallos announced on Sunday.
The cases are being monitored by the National Institute of Health (INS) to determine where they came from and identify the people with whom they had contact, the minister said.
Cevallos added that there are two other possible cases of Omicron saying, "The corresponding tests have already been carried out to identify which variant they have."
"There are two other people who have been in contact with them and have tested positive; we're doing a follow-up to see if this positivity belongs to Delta, which is the most frequent, or if it corresponds to Omicron," Cevallos said.
Given the presence of the Omicron variant in Peru, the health minister urged the population to get vaccinated against Covid-19.
"The vaccine is the most effective way to avoid getting seriously ill," he said.