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Omicron variant: a first suspect case detected in Germany
© 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).
Senegal has detected its first three cases of the Omicron coronavirus variant at Travelers who were preparing to go to African countries, announced research laboratories.
A first case was detected Friday at a 58-year-old man arrived in Senegal on 22 November by a flight from a country of the subregion, according to a statement released Saturday night by the Institute of Health Research, epidemiological monitoring and training (IRESSF).
The man had been vaccinated on April 13 with Astrazeneca and June 25 with Pfizer, said the Institute. "He stayed at Dakar in a hotel and participated in a demonstration that gathered nearly 300 people from several nationalities. The event took place from 24 to 25 November," adds the press release.
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ZURICH, Nov 27 (Reuters) - Switzerland on Saturday widened quarantine requirements to stem the spread of the new Omicron coronavirus variant to travellers arriving from Britain, the Czech Republic, the Netherlands, Egypt and Malawi, where cases have been detected, its health ministry said.On Friday, Switzerland banned direct flights from South Africa and the surrounding region due to the detection of a new COVID-19 variant, while also imposing restrictions on travel from other countries including Hong Kong, Israel and Belgium.
The research institute specifies that the case has been isolated in quarantine and followed in a specialized center. "At the date of Saturday, December 4, he has no symptoms," adds the institute.
The Pasteur Institute of Dakar has announced Sunday in a statement that have identified two other cases of OMICRON variant infection.
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one is a 28-year-old man drawn on November 23 in Dakar and from a country of West Africa. The other is a 29-year-old woman in a hotel in Dakar and who went to southern Africa, he said.
Senegal recorded a total of 74.024 cases of Covid-19 and 1.186 death since the beginning of the pandemic.
The government has launched a vaccination campaign in February, but the vaccination rate is low due to the reluctance of the population. So far, 1,328,633 people have been vaccinated on a population of about 17 million.
Before Senegal, Nigeria, the most populous country in Africa, Ghana and Botswana announced their first cases of this variant discovered late November in South Africa.
The announcement of the discovery of the Omicron variant occurs on the eve of a visit by the South African President Cyril Ramaphosa to Dakar, last stage of a West African tour that led him to Nigeria, in Côte d'Ivoire and in Ghana.
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Chief medical officer for Ireland said many countries were reporting widespread community transmission but boosters would have a protective effect.Dr Tony Holohan also urged people to stay particularly safe ahead of the Christmas period.