Sunday, January 16

Covid-19. France, Germany, the Netherlands … In Europe, the hunt for the Omicron variant has started

Two cases identified in Great Britain after a first in Belgium, a suspected case in Germany, around sixty passengers under surveillance on their arrival in Amsterdam from South Africa …

Concern is growing this Saturday in Europe over the new Omicron variant of the coronavirus, while the world continued its isolation from southern Africa. A race against the clock has started to curb its spread. A situation which is reminiscent of the first moments of the expansion of the Delta variant, last spring. As we know, nothing had stopped Delta, which had become the majority variant in the world.

Two cases in the UK

“Two cases of Covid-19 comprising mutations compatible with B.1.1.529 have been identified in the United Kingdom”, announced the British Department of Health. These two cases are linked to each other and to “a trip to southern Africa”, where the variant was first identified this week.

In response, London will tighten Sunday entry conditions for travelers from Malawi, Mozambique, Zambia and Angola. This is in addition to the six other countries – South Africa, Namibia, Lesotho, Eswatini, Zimbabwe and Botswana – already placed by the government on “red list” since Friday.

Germany: Omicron is “in all likelihood already present”

A first suspected case of the new Omicron variant has been detected in Germany, in Hesse, in a person recently returned from South Africa. This is a vaccinated passenger, who arrived on November 21 from South Africa at Frankfurt airport.

“The Omicron variant is in all likelihood already present in Germany,” regional Minister of Social Affairs Kai Klose commented on Twitter.

Suspicion in the Czech Republic

Meanwhile, in neighboring Czech Republic, Prime Minister Andrej Babis said on Saturday that a local laboratory was researching a sample taken from a woman who had traveled to Namibia and tested positive for Covid-19 upon her return.

Two suspected cases also in France

According to Europe 1, two travelers from North Africa tested positive for Covid-19 and their tests concluded that it was not the Delta variant. “Today we have two patients who were referred to us from Orly airport who are positive but who are not Delta variants”, confirmed Christophe Rodriguez, head of the sequencing platform at the Créteil hospital. Henri-Mondor. “We know that these patients are suspected of being infected with this new Omicron variant and therefore they will be tested in sequencing from Monday,” he said.

When you have a virus that has this degree of transmission, it’s almost inevitable that it will eventually become dominant.

This is what Dr. Antony Fauci, chief medical adviser to the White House, said, summing up the fears of many scientists.

The rate at which daily new cases of Covid are increasing in South Africa, a majority of which are already linked to Omicron, suggests that it may be due to the transmissibility of the new variant. The daily COVID positivity rate increased rapidly this week, from 3.6% Wednesday to 6.5% Thursday then 9.1% Friday,

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