ECDC: Number of Omicron Cases Rises to About 80
Another twenty people in European countries appear to have the Omicron variant of the coronavirus among their members. The total number of cases thus rises to 79.
In addition, there are a few suspicious but not yet confirmed cases so that the figure could rise according to the European health service ECDC.
The variant has been established in fifteen countries in the European Union and the so-called European Economic Area. The Netherlands is the leader with sixteen confirmed Omicron cases. In addition, at least fourteen people have contracted this variant in Portugal, ten in Germany and nine in Italy. The other countries are Austria, Belgium, Czech Republic, Denmark, France, Greece, Iceland, Ireland, Norway, Spain and Sweden.
Outside of the region, the Omicron variant has also been identified in sixteen other countries, including South Africa, Botswana, the United States, Canada, Australia, South Korea, Switzerland, Ghana, and the United Arab Emirates. Worldwide, 390 cases have now been diagnosed in 31 countries.
Most people who have tested positive have recently been to Africa. But in Belgium, Germany and Great Britain, the variant has been discovered in people who have not travelled themselves and were also not in contact with someone travelling.