According to reports from Germany, the first case of infection with the Omicron variant of the coronavirus has been detected. And in the Czech Republic they are waiting for confirmation.
The identification of a new strain was reported by Kai Klose, Minister of Social Affairs of the State of Hesse:
“Last night, a tourist who returned from South Africa was found to have several mutations characteristic of the omicron. The suspicions are very serious, the person has already been sent to isolation.”
In the Czech Republic, a woman who has visited Namibia is suspected of having the Omicron variant. She returned home with transfers on the way. Andriy Babis, Prime Minister of the Czech Republic, reports:
“The woman, who was tested for the presence of the new omicron coronavirus strain, visited Namibia, and returned to the Czech Republic through South Africa and Dubai. We are awaiting the results of her testing, she is now in isolation, all her contacts are being checked.”
We previously reported on the appearance of Omicron in Belgium – A patient with a new South African strain of COVID-19 arrived from Egypt in transit through Turkey.
WHO experts, based on the experience of South Africa, suggest that strain Omicron spreads faster than all of its predecessors. Accordingly, it can infect a much larger number of people, including those who have already had other coronavirus variations. The organization calls on scientists of all countries to pay due attention to the study of Omicron.