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South Africa Returnee Is US’ First ‘Omicron’ Variant Case, Symtoms Mild



Omicron Covid Variant: First case of Omicron variant of Covid-19 has been detected in US. (File)


The first confirmed case of the Covid-19 Omicron variant within the United States has been detected in an individual in California, the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention mentioned Wednesday.

“The individual was a traveler who returned from South Africa on November 22, 2021,” the company mentioned.

“The individual, who was fully vaccinated and had mild symptoms that are improving, is self-quarantining and has been since testing positive. All close contacts have been contacted and have tested negative.”

The case was detected by the California and San Francisco Departments of Public Health and confirmed by the CDC.

The Omicron variant was first reported in South Africa and has been designated a variant of concern by the World Health Organization.

Scientists don’t but have arduous information, however based mostly on the variant’s sample of mutations, it’s anticipated to at the very least partly evade the protecting motion of present vaccines, and could also be extra transmissible than Delta, the dominant world pressure.

The US is planning harder testing and quarantine necessities for worldwide vacationers arriving within the nation, together with taking a Covid-19 check sooner or later previous to departure, the CDC mentioned Wednesday.

Mandatory testing on arrival and even a compulsory quarantine, whatever the check end result, are additionally potentialities, The Washington Post reported.

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