Omicron variant of Covid in Europe, others 58 positive cases in the EU countries and the European economic area (Iceland, Norway and Liechtenstein), for a total of 167 cases so far, in 17 states. This was announced by the ECDC, European Center for Disease Prevention and Control. In Italy, the cases detected are still 9; Portugal, which maintains strong ties with Angola and Mozambique, former colonies, is the one that registers the most, 34. Luxembourg reports its first case, while other “probable” cases of Omicron are under examination in several countries.
The majority of the positives to the variant discovered in South Africa traveled to the Continent, with the exception of the infections sequenced in Belgium, Germany, Spain. All cases for which indications are available on the intensity of symptoms are asymptomatic or mild, confirms the ECDC. Till now no deaths were recorded among the Omicron variant positives, even if, warns the Stockholm-based agency, the number of cases is too low to understand whether the spectrum of symptoms caused by the variant differs from that of previous versions of Sars-CoV-2 or not.
SOUTH AFRICAN VARIANT IN ITALY
There are 9 cases of Omicron variant sequenced, at the moment, in Italy. The Higher Institute of Health reports this. “There are currently 9 stored sequences on the ICoGen platform: 7 from the cluster relating to the index patient, 1 found in a patient in the province of Bolzano and 1 in a patient in Veneto”, reads Twitter.