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Sport Omicron present in the Netherlands since November 19, before South Africa

20:30  30 november  2021
20:30  30 november  2021 Source:   rfi.fr

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  New COVID variant threat causes worldwide scramble BRUSSELS (AP) — Nearly two years into the COVID-19 pandemic, the world is racing to contain a new coronavirus variant potentially more dangerous than the one that has fueled relentless waves of infection on nearly every continent. A World Health Organization panel named the variant “omicron” and classified it as a highly transmissible virus of concern, the same category that includes the predominant delta variant, which is still a scourge driving higher cases of sickness and death in Europe and parts of the United States.

Des affiches sur le port du masque obligatoire et la nécessité de respecter la distanciation sociale à Nimègue, dans l'est des Pays-Bas, le dimanche 28 novembre 2021. © Pictures on the wearing of the mandatory mask and the need to respect social distancing in Nijmegen, in the East From the Netherlands, Sunday, November 28, 2021. The new variant of COVID-19 propagates and worries the world. The Netherlands health authorities announced on Tuesday, November 30 have already detected Omicron in a test taken on November 19th. Nearly a week before the case announcement by South Africa.

The Omicron variant has already been detected in two test samples taken from the Netherlands on November 19th and 23rd, said Tuesday the Dutch Institute of Health and the Environment (RIVM). Controls are in progress to see how much it has spread.

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The Netherlands reported on 14 passengers arriving from South Africa with Omicron. However, the two samples had been taken before Pretoria reports to the World Health Organization (WHO) have detected this new varying November 24, aroused a panic wind and a prohibition of the many territories of travelers from The

Southern Africa . The traceability of the cases detected in observation

Other cases of the Omicron variant have been detected in Europe in samples taken before the very advertisement of South Africa. Belgium had been the first European country to identify the Omicron variant on a patient "who came from abroad. Positively tested [in coronavirus] on November 22, "said the Belgian Minister of Health on November 26.

Scotland Officials Concerned Omicron Variant Has Community Spread as 6 Cases Confirmed

  Scotland Officials Concerned Omicron Variant Has Community Spread as 6 Cases Confirmed Countries throughout the world are taking action to prevent a proliferation of the variant as scientists are still working to determine the danger it poses. Some nations like Japan have decided to block any foreign visitors in an effort to stop the highly mutated variant from entering its borders even as cases began popping up around the globe, AP reported.For more reporting from the Associated Press, see below.New cases in Portugal and Scotland might already point toward local spread of the variant outside of southern Africa.

It is not yet possible to know "if the people concerned [in previous cases] were also in southern Africa," said the RIVM, adding that the people tested had been informed and that municipal health services had begun to investigate their contacts.

"During the coming period, various studies will be carried out on the spread of the Omicron Variant in the Netherlands," said the institute, adding that it would re-examine more samples of previous tests.

With 16 cases now confirmed, the Netherlands have one of the highest numbers of contamination by the new

Europe variant at this point. The threat on the old continent is becoming bigger, although we still know about Omicron.

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