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List of countries report cases of omicron variant of coronavirus

List of countries report cases of omicron variant of coronavirus

Omicron, the new variant more contagious variant of the coronavirus, has been reported in more European countries after the UK, just days after being identified in South Africa, even as governments worldwide are rushing to halt the spread.

The omicron variant has already been found in Hong Kong, Botswana, Belgium, Britain, and Israel, sparking global concern.

Many countries have already forced travel restrictions on flights from southern Africa amid fears omicron variant can be more resistant to the protection offered by available vaccines. However, experts have said such limits might be too late to stop omicron from spreading globally.

Countries are on a high level even as the coronavirus pandemic has claimed the lives of more than 5 million people worldwide.

Czech Republic

The spokesperson of a region in the northern Czech city of Liberec confirmed the new omicron strain in the woman.

Andrej Babis, Czech Prime Minister, has said the woman visited Namibia and returned to the Czech Republic via South Africa and Dubai.

Italy

The Italian news agency LaPresse said that an Italian who traveled to Mozambique has tested positive for the omicron variant. The business traveler landed in Rome on 11th November and returned to his home near Naples.

Five members, including two children, have also tested positive. All Five family members are isolated in the Naples suburb of Caserta in good condition with mild symptoms.

Germany

The omicron new variant was confirmed in two travelers who arrived from South Africa on 24th November at, Munich-based microbiology center, the Max von Pettenkofer Institute.

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Read More: New Covid Variant of South Africa prompt alert in India

UK

Boris Johnson, British Prime Minister, said it was necessary to take "precautionary and targeted measures" as the UK hardened up rules on Saturday on wearing the mask and testing international arrivals after finding two cases of the omicron variant coronavirus.

He told a news conference.

"Right now this is a responsible course of action to slow down the spread of this new variant and to maximise our defences,"

Israel

Israel has confirmed one case of omicron variant, with seven suspected cases. The Health Ministry said whether the confirmed case was fully vaccinated.

The ministry said three of the seven suspected cases were fully vaccinated on Saturday, and three had not recently returned from travel abroad.

The Netherlands

The RIVM said the omicron variant was "probably found in a number of the tested persons" who were isolated after arriving in Amsterdam on two flights from South Africa.

Further sequencing analysis is underway to determine that it is the new variant, the Dutch institute said in a statement. The results are expected on Sunday. A total of 61 people were tested.

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