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a positive case for the new variant identified in Reunion, the first in France

A positive case for the Omicron variant of the coronavirus, which is spreading across the world, has been identified on Reunion Island, a researcher from the Joint Unit for Infectious Process Research in Tropical Island Environments (PIMIT ). This would be the first positive case identified in France.

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The patient who tested positive is “A 53 year old man” who traveled to Mozambique and “Stopped over in South Africa” before coming to Reunion, said microbiologist Patrick Mavingui on the airwaves of Reunion on 1re. Placed in isolation as well as his entourage, “Man suffers from muscle pain and fatigue”, said the scientist.

Health authorities immediately notified

PIMIT has been mobilized ” emergency “ Sunday night, “For the sequencing of six tests”, said the microbiologist. “The results arrived a few hours ago (…) there is a positive case”, added the scientist. The other five samples are negative. Health authorities at local and national levels were immediately notified, said Patrick Mavingui.

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The information comes as the health ministry said in a statement on Sunday that it “Monitors with particular attention the overseas territories of Reunion Island and Mayotte which are directly or indirectly linked with (the seven) countries” from Southern Africa with which air links have been suspended since Friday, November 26. Olivier Véran had also announced that eight cases “Possible” carriers of the Omicron variant had been detected in France.

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