Omicron found in Europe earlier than previously thought — Analysis
The Omicron Covid-19 variant arrived in the Netherlands before it was first reported to the World Health Organization (WHO), according to new data presented by the nation’s health watchdog.
The new strain was already present in the Netherlands more than a week before its first cases were confirmed by Dutch health authorities, the country’s National Institute for Health (RIVM) said on Tuesday.
The RIVM stated that Omicron was found in test samples from the Dutch municipal health service on November 19th, 23rd. It was found that the Omicron strain had arrived in the Netherlands between 10 and 11 days before the November 28th health watchdog discovered 13 of these cases.
The new Omicron strain was discovered by South African scientists before the WHO reported it to them on November 24, A sample taken on November 9 confirmed the first Omicron-related infection in Southern Africa, the UN body stated.
“It is not yet clear if the people concerned have also been to southern Africa,”The RIVM stated. Travelers who arrived in South Africa were responsible for all 13 confirmed cases. Another case linked with travel was identified on November 28.
Samples contain “different types”Omicron was the Omicron variant according to the health watchdog. “most likely”At first, I was infected with the virus from a different source. Later on, I was infected again and had to contact multiple infections sources.
As they launch an investigation and seek to track down the source of infection and identify the contact information for the persons affected, the municipal health service is now reaching out to the concerned.
Omicron is a strain that has been designated as an international health indicator by the World Health Organization. “variant of concern”Due to its high mutation rate and high transmissibility it was initially discovered in Southern Africa. The disease has now spread outside the area and is being confirmed in several European countries such as the UK and Germany. Even if the person is vaccinated, all those arriving from south African nations must be tested by Dutch authorities.