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Covid-19: the presence of the Omicron variant is confirmed in Europe


New measures, new reports and highlights: an update on the latest developments in the Covid-19 pandemic around the world.

Three days after the announcement of its discovery, the new Omicron variant has been detected in several European countries, while South Africa is moved by the measures taken against it.

  • Germany: two confirmed cases of the Omicron variant

Germany confirmed on Saturday that it had detected its first two cases of contamination with the Omicron variant of Covid-19, in travelers who arrived from South Africa at Munich airport (south), local authorities announced.

"Two suspected cases of the new variant of the coronavirus Omicron, classified as a variant of concern by the World Health Organization, have been confirmed in Bavaria,

" the Ministry of Health of this southern German state said in a statement. .

Read alsoCovid-19: Omicron, the new variant that worries the world

  • Netherlands: 61 passengers from South Africa tested positive

Sixty-one passengers from two flights from South Africa tested positive for Covid-19 upon arrival in Amsterdam, the Dutch health authority announced on Saturday, which is analyzing the results for the new Omicron variant.

"We now know that 61 of the results were positive and 531 negative"

, announced the Dutch health authority (GGD), adding that the passengers who tested positive were placed in quarantine in a hotel near Amsterdam Airport Schiphol .

  • PCR test and isolation to enter the UK

British Prime Minister Boris Johnson on Saturday announced to toughen entry measures into his country in order to slow the spread of the Omicron variant of the coronavirus, two cases of which have already been detected in the United Kingdom.

"We will ask anyone entering the UK to take a PCR test"

two days after arriving

"and self-isolate until they have the result,"

he said.

LiveCovid-19: Boris Johnson toughens UK entry measures against Omicron variant

  • South Africa feels "punished"

South Africa, whose citizens have become persona non grata all over the world after the announcement of a disturbing new variant, feels "punished" and unfairly treated as its scientists discovered and learned about it. quickly sounded the alarm.

The government believes it has nothing to be ashamed of and denounces its stigmatization for being the announcer of bad news, like a multitude of South African Internet users as indignant as they are worried.

As of Friday evening, the day after the revelation of this new variant by the South African Minister of Health, many countries immediately closed their borders to several southern African countries even before knowing more about its dangerousness.

Read also Covid-19: laboratories on the war footing to adapt their vaccine to the Omicron variant

  • Emirates: 100% of the population received a dose of vaccine

The entire population of the United Arab Emirates eligible for vaccination against Covid-19 has received

"at least one dose of vaccine

", a first in the world, according to the Ministry of Health of this Gulf country.

Almost 22 million doses were administered in total, "100% of the population having received an injection" and



"fully vaccinated"

, added the ministry.

  • France: rush on vaccination appointments

Three million Covid-19 vaccination appointments have been made since the announcement Thursday of the extension of the recall campaign to the entire adult population, the government said on Saturday.

In the country, the booster dose is open to all adults in the country as of this Saturday.

Source: lefigaro

All news articles on 2021-11-27

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