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Germany confirms two cases of Omicron

Two cases of the new Omicron coronavirus variant have been detected in Bavaria, Germany. The UK and Italy are among other European nations that have also registered instances of the suspected Covid mutation.

Bavaria’s health ministry announced late on Saturday that the new strain had been detected in Germany. Two travelers who arrived at Munich airport on Wednesday tested positive for Omicron and are now self-isolating. The ministry did not specify the country from which their flight had originated.

Italy said on Saturday it had registered its first case of the new strain. Earlier, other European nations, including the Netherlands and the Czech Republic reported suspected cases of Omicron, but these have not been confirmed yet. The UK reported discovering two cases of the new strain, also on Saturday, with the health authorities saying they were linked to travel from South Africa.

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