California. The United States detected the first case of the new variant of the omicron coronavirus in California, the country’s Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) reported.
This is a traveler who returned from South Africa and was fully vaccinated.
Omicron, called a “variant of concern” by the World Health Organization (WHO), is being studied to see if it is more contagious or causes serious illness than other variants.
The variant has also been detected in several countries, such as Spain, Canada, the United Kingdom, Austria, and Portugal.
America’s leading infectious disease expert, Anthony Fauci, said the infected individual had returned from South Africa on November 22 and tested positive seven days later. He added that he had not had a booster shot and that the symptoms are mild.
For its part, the Pan American Health Organization (PAHO) estimated that the new omicron variant may be “soon” circulating in the Americas, after identifying only imported cases in three countries on the continent, Brazil, Canada and the United States.
France will allow flights from 10 southern African countries starting Saturday, but will only allow French citizens, European Union citizens, diplomats and cabin crew to disembark.