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The United States’ first confirmed case of the Omicron coronavirus variant was identified in California.

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At a White House news briefing on Wednesday, Dr. Anthony Fauci, director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, said the case was of a man who had traveled from South Africa on November 22 and had contracted COVID-19 on November. had tested positive for 29.

That person, Fauci said, is self-quarantining and close contacts have so far tested negative for the coronavirus.

Fauci said the person was fully vaccinated and is experiencing “mild symptoms, which are improving to the point.”
When asked by Granthshala whether the man had a booster shot, Fauci said, “To my knowledge, no.”

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The California and San Francisco Departments of Public Health confirmed that the case was caused by an Omicron variant through genomic sequencing conducted at the University of California at San Francisco, and the sequence was confirmed U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention,

Color Health said in a statement that it returned a positive test result through the San Francisco COVID-19 testing program, and that Omicron was identified “within 30 hours from the time of collection to confirmation of strain.”

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Omicron Unknown: The World Health Organization has designated Omicron a “type of anxiety.” In a technical brief released this week, the WHO noted that the version has a “very high” global risk. The variant was first identified by scientists in South Africa, and has since been detected in several countries.

Scientists are working to determine how transmissible the variant is, how sick it makes people and how well current vaccines work against it. Until more details were known about the version, the US restricted travel from South Africa and seven other countries.

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