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The coronavirus omicron variant was in Europe about a week before South African health officials discovered a related new variant, According to the National Institute for Public Health and the Environment (RIVM), health agency of the Netherlands.


On Friday, November 26, the World Health Organization panel named Latest version “Omicron” and classified It is of concern as a highly transmissible virus, the same category that includes the dominant delta variant – a crisis still driving high cases of illness and death in parts of Europe and the United States.

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But the Dutch health department says it found the Omicron variant in test samples taken in the Netherlands on 19 November.

“It is not yet clear whether these people had also visited southern Africa. RIVM has alerted the Municipal Public Health Services (GGD) in the areas where the samples were taken. The GGD will inform those involved and the source and will initiate contact tracing.” The agency wrote

The real risks of Omicron are not yet fully understood. But early evidence suggests it carries an increased risk of reinfection compared to other highly transmissible variants, the WHO said. This means that people who have contracted and recovered from COVID-19 may be subject to catching it again. It may take weeks to know if existing vaccines are less effective against it.

Medical experts, including the WHO, warned against any redundancies before fully studying the version. But a panic-stricken world feared the worst after the virus broke out due to the pandemic that has killed more than 5 million people worldwide.

President Joe Biden said later this week he does not anticipate needing any new virus-related restrictions beyond last week’s move to restrict travel from South Africa and seven other countries in the region.

“I hope to be the new normal, everyone eliminates vaccinations and booster shots, so we reduce the number of people who are not protected to such a low degree that we are not seeing the spread of these viruses, That said, noting that the lockdown measures would not be required.

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The discovery of evidence that the Omicron variant was in Europe before Africa raises the question of where exactly travel restrictions are necessary given the confusion behind the mutation’s origins.

On Tuesday, South African President Cyril Ramaphosa spoke out against the travel restrictions imposed on his country.

“We reject the travel restrictions imposed on Southern Africa because they are not informed by science,” Ramaphosa wrote on Twitter.

Meanwhile, the new variant is already spreading around the world with the first US case of the mutation found in California, the White House announced Wednesday.

Granthshala 11’s sister station KTVU confirmed to the mayor’s office that the new version has been detected in San Francisco.

“This is the first case of COVID-19 that omicron type found in the United States,” America’s top infectious disease expert Dr. Anthony Fauci said at the White House on Wednesday.

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According to Fauci, the person who tested positive for the variant was a passenger who had returned from South Africa on November 22 and tested positive on November 29.

Fauci said the person had been vaccinated, but had not received a booster shot and was experiencing “mild symptoms.”

According to the CDC, the person is self-quarantining and has since tested positive. All close contacts have been contacted and their reports have come negative.

Genomic sequencing was conducted at the University of California, San Francisco and the sequence was confirmed at the CDC as being consistent with the Omicron variant.

“We knew it was only a matter of time,” Fauci told reporters at the White House.