Fifteen other people from the European Union appear to have the Omikron variant of the coronavirus among its members. This raises the total number of confirmed cases to 59, the European health service ECDC reports.
The Netherlands leads the list with sixteen Omikron cases identified. Fourteen people in Portugal have tested positive for the virus version and nine people in Germany. Other countries where the virus has been diagnosed are Austria, Belgium, Czech Republic, Denmark, France (Réunion Overseas Territory), Italy, Spain and Sweden.
According to the ECDC, most people who test positive have recently been to Africa. In the Netherlands this applies to fifteen out of sixteen people. No one is known to have become seriously ill from it and there are no known deaths in Europe. In addition, there are several suspicious cases that cannot be confirmed regarding the Omikron variant.
Outside the EU, Omikron variants have also been identified in South Africa, Botswana, the UK, Switzerland, Australia, Canada, Israel, Brazil, Nigeria, Saudi Arabia, Japan and Hong Kong, the ECDC said.
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