Friday, January 21

Covid-19: two cases of Omicron variant detected in Germany, a third suspected case

Germany confirmed this Saturday that two cases of the Omicron variant have been detected in Bavaria. A suspected case has also been declared by the State of Hesse (West).

“Two suspected cases of the new variant of the coronavirus Omicron, classified as a variant of concern by the World Health Organization, have been confirmed in Bavaria,” the Ministry of Health of this southern German state said in a statement. .

These two people, who arrived in Germany on Wednesday, had been placed in isolation at their home after being tested positive during PCR tests, said a spokesperson for the ministry. They themselves decided to get tested after hearing the news about this new variant, according to the same source.


The announcement follows that of a suspected case by the state of Hesse earlier today Saturday. “The Omicron variant is in all likelihood already present in Germany,” regional Minister of Social Affairs Kai Klose announced on Twitter.

Tests carried out on Friday evening on a passenger arriving from South Africa at Frankfurt airport, the main airport in the most populous country in the European Union, revealed “several mutations typical of Omicron”, he said. -he adds.

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.

A variant deemed to be of concern

The new variant of the coronavirus, first reported by South Africa on November 24, was deemed “worrying” by the WHO on Friday, which named it Omicron. It would present an increased risk of contagion compared to other variants including Delta, dominant and already very contagious.

Omicron has also been identified in Israel on a person from Malawi, Botswana and Hong Kong.

The discovery of a suspected case in Germany comes the day after the announcement by Belgium of a first known case in Europe of the new variant. It was an unvaccinated person who arrived on November 11 from Egypt via Turkey.

There is a “high to very high” risk of the Omicron variant spreading in Europe, the EU health agency said. The European Union has recommended suspending all travel from South Africa and six other countries in the region, which Germany had already decided.

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