First case of Omicron variant in US from California

First case of Omicron variant in US from California

IANS , Edited By : IANS , Updated on: 02 Dec 2021, 11:05:02 AM

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New York: The first case of the Omicron Kovid-19 variant has been confirmed in the US. It has been found in the state of California.

The US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) said in a news release on Wednesday that the California and San Francisco Departments of Public Health have confirmed a recent case of COVID-19 in a person in California. She is infected with the Omicron variant. This person had returned from South Africa on 22 November.

Officials said the genomic sequencing was conducted at the University of California, San Francisco and the sequence at the CDC was confirmed to be consistent with the Omicron variant, which was first detected in southern Africa in November, Xinhua news agency reported. Was.

The person has been fully immunized and has mild symptoms. He is home isolated. According to the CDC, all close contacts were contacted, all tested negative.

The health agency said the emergence of the variant emphasizes the importance of vaccinations, boosters and common prevention strategies needed to protect against COVID-19. Everyone five years of age and older should get the vaccine. Boosters are recommended for everyone 18 years of age and older.

South Africa reported the variant to the World Health Organization last week, and the agency has dubbed Omicron the variant of concern. The Joe Biden administration has also announced international travel restrictions for eight southern African countries.

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First Published : 02 Dec 2021, 11:05:02 AM

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