Germany Announces First 'likely' New Covid Strain Case
Umer Jamshaid Published November 27, 2021 | 08:45 PM
Germany on Saturday identified the country's first suspected case of the new Covid-19 variant, in a person who returned from South Africa
Berlin, (APP - UrduPoint / Pakistan Point News - 27th Nov, 2021 ) :Germany on Saturday identified the country's first suspected case of the new Covid-19 variant, in a person who returned from South Africa.
"The Omicron variant has with strong likelihood already arrived in Germany," Kai Klose, social affairs minister in the western state of Hesse, tweeted, referring to the strain first detected in southern Africa.
Klose said that tests late Friday on the traveller revealed "several mutations typical of Omicron".
"As there is this strong suspicion, the person has been isolated at home. The full sequencing is still to be completed." His ministry later said results were expected "in the coming days".
The person, who was fully vaccinated against coronavirus, developed symptoms "in the course of the week" and was then tested.
German Finance Minister Olaf Scholz, who is expected to be sworn in as successor to Chancellor Angela Merkel early next month, stressed Saturday that his coalition would do "everything necessary" to fight "corona and Omicron".
"There is nothing which can't be considered," he tweeted, as calls grow louder for mandatory coronavirus vaccinations.
Meanwhile Britain on Saturday confirmed its first two cases of the new Omicron strain, which the World Health Organization has declared to be a variant of concern.