Omicron variant First case confirmed in Italy

Italy:  The Omicron variant of the coronavirus has been found in a person from Italy's southern Campania region who returned to Milan "a few days ago" from Mozambique, According to Italian news agency ANSA.  As per reports, the patient, an international firm employee, "had been vaccinated with two doses."

A "citizen returning from southern Africa has tested positive, as has his family of five people...All of his contacts have been immediately placed in isolation as a precautionary measure," the Campania region said in a statement on Sunday. "A positive sample taken from a Mozambican individual was used to sequence the genome at Sacco Hospital in Milan. The patient and his family members are well "On Saturday, the National Institute of Health released a statement.

The World Health Organization (WHO) classified the latest SARS-CoV-2 variant B.1.1.529 to be "of concern," the highest level of concern, on Friday, and gave it the Greek name Omicron. According to the reports, the WHO has advised countries to step up surveillance and sequencing efforts in order to combat the new form.

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