No cases of Omicron COVID variant reported in US so far, CDC says

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The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said on Friday that no cases of the new COVID-19 omicron variant have been confirmed in the US to date.

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The announcement came after the World Health Organization classified the newly identified strain as a “type of concern” on Friday.

“To date, no such case has been identified in the US,” the CDC said in a statement.

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“CDC is continuously monitoring variants and the US Variant Surveillance System has reliably detected new variants in this country. We expect that if Omicron emerges in the US, it will be recognized quickly.”

First detected in South Africa on Tuesday, the variant has caused concern around the world.

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Health officials are now racing to determine whether Omicron is more transmitted or contagious than other types — and whether vaccines are effective against it.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said no cases of the Omicron COVID-19 type have been reported in the US.
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The White House said on Friday it would restrict travel to and from South Africa and seven other surrounding countries starting Monday.

The eight countries included in Biden’s travel ban are Botswana, Lesotho, Malawi, Mozambique, Namibia, South Africa, Swaziland and Zimbabwe.

The UK, the European Union, Canada and several other countries began announcing travel restrictions on southern Africa late Thursday – nearly 48 hours after Omicron, named by the WHO after a letter in the Greek alphabet, was first identified.

Meanwhile, New York Governor Kathy Hochul declared a “disaster emergency”, signing an executive order to postpone elective hospital surgery amid an anticipated “spike” in new cases and the emergence of the new version.

The CDC said it would continue to work with its partners in monitoring the new strain, which has so far been detected in South Africa, Botswana, Hong Kong, Belgium and Israel.

The variant was first detected in South Africa, as the variant quickly caused worldwide concern.
The Omicron variant was first detected in South Africa, as the variant caused worldwide concern.
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The Federal Health Agency said, “We are grateful to the South African government and its scientists who have openly communicated with the global scientific community and continue to share information about this edition with the US Department of Health and Human Services and the CDC.” Is.”

“We are working with other US and global public health and industry partners to learn more about the variant, as we continue to monitor its path.”

With the Omicron strain classified as a type of concern, the White House said it would restrict travel to and from South Africa and seven other nearby countries.
With the Omicron strain classified as a type of concern, the White House said it would restrict travel to and from South Africa and seven other nearby countries.
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