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Omicron variant circulated in the Netherlands before South Africa alerted the world | Coronavirus


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It is not yet possible to know whether those affected have also traveled to southern Africa, he said, indicating that contact tracing operations are underway.

In the coming period, various studies will be carried out on the spread of the Omicron variant in the Netherlands, argues the Institute, which intends to reexamine more samples of previous tests.

The Netherlands announced on Monday that 14 travelers from South Africa who tested positive for COVID-19 last Friday upon arrival in Amsterdam had in fact been infected with the Omicron variant.

According to the World Health Organization, the Omicron variant of the coronavirus presents “a very high risk” globally, and the probability [qu’il] is spread globally is high.

This concern is mainly due to the fact that the Omicron variant has more than 25 mutations, a high number. Its contagiousness, its dangerousness and its capacity to resist vaccines are however unknown at this stage.

France reveals a first case

France also announced on Tuesday that it had detected a case on the French island of Reunion, French government spokesman Gabriel Attal confirmed on Tuesday.

The infected patient, 53, stayed in Mozambique from November 14 to 19 before returning to Reunion on the 21, before South Africa alerted the planet to the existence of the Omicron variant.

Placed in isolation like his entourage, he suffers from muscle pain and fatigue, according to the Joint Research Unit Infectious Processes in Tropical Island Environments.

Belgium has also detected a case of the Omicron variant in a sample taken before South Africa’s announcement a few days ago.

The patient is a traveler who came from Egypt, but who had transited through Turkey before arriving in Belgium on November 11, according to the Belgian government.

In Germany, authorities in the city of Leipzig on Tuesday reported a first case of the variant in a 39-year-old man who says he has not been abroad or been in contact with someone who has traveled.

A first case of the variant has also been identified in Japan in a man aged 30 to 40 who returned from Namibia, a government spokesman said. He is currently in isolation at a medical facility.

The Dutch and French announcements bring water to the South African government’s mill, which claims to be unfairly “punished” for revealing to the world the existence of the Omicron variant.

The government calls for the lifting immediate and urgent travel restrictions imposed by many Western countries, including Canada, but also by other African countries, such as Gabon.

In South Africa, the majority of new infections with the SARS-CoV-2 virus, however, are already attributable to the Omicron variant, and the government expects an exponential increase in cases.

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