Variant Omicron: singled out and shunned by Europeans, South Africa feels "punished"
© VALERY HACHE Passengers crowded on Saturday, to leave South Africa airport Johannesburg. AFP / Phill Magakoe The misty look, between frustration and relief, Valerie Leduc left the window from Johannesburg airport sesame pocket: finally a place on a return flight to Belgium, via Addis Ababa in three days. "It seemed to be criminals," says the young woman.
© Paul Zinken / DPA / DPA Picture-Alliance via AFP Germany, Covid-19, Variant Omicron,
a near the Belgium , where a first proven case of Omicron variant has been reported, the Germany could in turn be already contaminated by the new South African variant that worries. A suspect case, detected in a person recently returned from South Africa , has indeed been identified, announced on Saturday the regional authorities of the State of Hesse (West). "The Omicron variant is, in all likelihood, already present in Germany," announced on Twitter the Regional Social Affairs Minister Kai Klose.
Tests made Friday night on a passenger arrived at Frankfurt airport from South Africa revealed "several typical mutations of Omicron," he added.
Coronavirus: Israel will close its borders facing Omicron
Health-Coronavirus-Variant-Israel: Coronavirus: Israel will close its borders facing Omicron © Reuters / Ronen Zvulun Coronavirus: Israel will close its borders facing the variant OMICRON Jerusalem (Reuters) - Israel announced Saturday the prohibition of its territory to any foreign visitor for two weeks to contain the spread of the new Omicron variant of the coronavirus identified in South Africa.
Judge the Omicron Variant "Concerning"
This new variant of the coronavirus, detected for the first time on Thursday in South Africa, is deemed "worrying" by WHO. It would present an increased risk of contagion compared to other variants, including the delta, dominant and already very contagious.
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"because of this strong suspicion, this person is in isolation at his home. The complete analysis of the results is still in progress, "said the minister.
The new Variant has already been detected in Europe, Belgium. Omicron has also been identified in Malawi, Israel on a person from Malawi, Botswana and Hongkong.
COVID-19: There are now 12 cases of Omicron in France .
© Copyright 2021, Obs The number of cases of infection in the Omicron variant detected in France now rises to twelve, according to the last updated balance sheet Friday night by the health authorities. "At 16h, three new cases of OMICRON variant infection have been reported in France", indicates on its site the Public Health Agency France .