United States reports 1st case of ‘omicron variant’ in returning traveller

Prime News, International Washington), Dec 2:- The US recorded its first confirmed case of the omicron variant Wednesday- in a vaccinated traveler who returned to California after a trip to South Africa- as scientists around the world race to establish whether the new, mutant version of the coronavirus is more dangerous than previous ones.

Dr. Anthony Fauci, the United States’ top infectious-disease expert, announced the finding at the White House.’

“We knew it was just a matter of time before the first case of omicron would be detected in the United States,” he said.

The infected person was identified as a traveler who had returned from South Africa on November 22, developed mild symptoms and tested positive for COVID-19 on Monday. Researchers at the University of California, San Francisco obtained a sample from the patient on Tuesday evening and worked feverishly overnight to assemble the genetic sequence. (MR, Inputs: Agencies).


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