Germany, Italy join list of countries with detected cases of omicron COVID-19 variant
Both Italy and Germany reported on Saturday that they had detected cases of the omicron COVID-19 variant, adding to a handful of countries that have found it within their borders.
Two cases of omicron were found in the southeastern German state of Bavaria, the country’s health ministry confirmed, according to Reuters. The health ministry said that the two people infected with the variant, who the government appeared to imply had traveled from South Africa, were isolating after they came into the country on Nov. 24.
Meanwhile, Italy’s National Health Institute announced that an individual traveling from Mozambique to Milan was also found to have the new variant, according to Reuters.
As of Saturday afternoon, cases of the new variant had also been detected in the United Kingdom, Botswana, Belgium, Hong Kong and Israel.
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