A new variant of the coronavirus – omicron – has probably already reached Germany. This was announced by the Minister of Social Affairs of the Land of Hessen, Kai Klose. The Czech sanitary services are also checking the suspicion of a new mutation occurring in this country.
An infected person in Germany is in home isolation. “Several omicron-specific mutations” have been identified, but the full sequencing of the research material has not yet been completed. It recently came from South Africa.
“Please, protect yourself and your loved ones” – appealed the politician from Hesse. Anyone who has returned to Germany from South Africa in the past week, he added, should limit contacts and submit to tests.
Czech Republic: sanitary services check the suspicion of a omicron
One of the laboratories in the Czech Republic is also checking the possibility of a new variant of the coronavirus – omicron – appearing in this country. The suspect sample was detected with the PCR test, the spokeswoman of the State Institute of Health (SZU) Sztiepan Czechova said on Saturday.
“According to our information, the person in question stated that they had been in Namibia before returning to the Czech Republic,” Chechova told CTK. According to Prime Minister Andrej Babisz, it is a woman who came to the Czech Republic from Namibia via South Africa and the United Arab Emirates. On social media, Babisz wrote that all her contacts are being established and that she herself is in isolation.
Due to the emergence of a new, aggressive variant of the coronavirus, the government adopted new travel regulations on Friday. He dissuaded the Czechs from traveling to South Africa, Namibia, Lesotho, Eswatini, Zimbabwe, Botswana, Zambia and Mozambique. It also prohibits entry to the Czech Republic for persons who have stayed in these countries for more than 12 hours in the last 14 days. Citizens of the Czech Republic can return to the country, but they are quarantined and must be tested.
The new variant of the coronavirus is worrying
The WHO on Friday described the new coronavirus variant detected in South African countries as “worrying”. The variety known so far as B.1.1.529 received the name of the Greek letter omicron.
When analyzing a new variant of the coronavirus on Friday, WHO specialists identified it as highly contagious. The previous coronavirus variant in this category was the delta variant that is now dominant in the world.
The WHO reported that globally, slightly less than 100 cases of the omicron variant have been reported so far, mainly in South Africa and Botswana. AFP writes that this variant was also discovered in Malawi, Israel, in a person who came from Malawi, Hong Kong and Belgium.
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