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Omicron variant found in UK, Germany, Czech Republic – New York Post


Omicron variant

found in UK, Germany,

Czech Republic

The new Omicron variant of the coronavirus, named by WHO after a letter in the Greek alphabet, has now been detected in the United Kingdom, while suspected cases have also surfaced in Germany and the Czech Republic.

UK Health Minister Sajid Javid said in a broadcast clip Saturday that two cases of the new variant were found in England, connected to travel to southern Africa, where the new variant was first detected.

One case is in Chelmsford and the other in Nottingham. The two individuals and members of their households are being re-tested and told to self-isolate while further testing and contact tracing is done.

Meanwhile, the minister in the German state of Hesse said Saturday that the Omicron variant had also probably arrived in Germany.

Medical staff of the University Hospital Hradec Kralove test people for covid-19 disease in Hradec Kralove, Czech Republic, on Nov. 26, 2021.
Medical staff of the University Hospital Hradec Kralove test people for COVID-19 in Hradec Kralove, Czech Republic, on Nov. 26, 2021.
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A healthcare worker conducts a polymerase chain reaction (PCR) Covid-19 test on a traveller at OR Tambo International Airport in Johannesburg on November 27, 2021, after several countries banned flights from South Africa following the discovery of a new Covid-19 variant Omicron.
A health care worker conducts a COVID-19 test on a traveler at OR Tambo International Airport in Johannesburg, South Africa on Nov. 27, 2021.
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“Last night several Omicron-typical mutations were found in a traveler returning from South Africa,” tweeted Kai Klose.

He added that a full sequencing of the variant was being carried out.

The Czech Republic is also examining a suspected case of the Omicron variant detected in a person who spent time in Namibia, the National Institute of Public Health said Saturday.

A passenger holds his mobile phone while looking at an electronic flight notice board displaying cancelled flights at OR Tambo International Airport in Johannesburg on November 27, 2021, after several countries banned flights from South Africa following the discovery of a new Covid-19 variant Omicron.
A passenger looks at the electronic flight notice board displaying canceled flights at OR Tambo International Airport in Johannesburg on Nov. 27, 2021, after several countries banned flights from South Africa.
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“A lab is checking a possible find of a positive specimen of the Omicron variant. We are awaiting confirmation or refutation of the case,” spokesperson Stepanka Cechova told Reuters in an emailed statement.

The US will restrict travel from South Africa and seven other nearby countries beginning Monday as fears grow over the new variant.

With Post wire services.


 

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