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The Omicron variant already detected in a dozen countries in Europe and Asia

Olivier Véran believes that the new virus identified in South Africa is probably already circulating in France.

Since the announcement on Thursday of the discovery by South Africa of the new variant of the coronavirus, called “Omicron”, the number of countries where it has been detected has continued to grow. An extension that raises fears of a rapid spread of this strain outside Africa, probably making the decisions of many countries too late to interrupt their air links with southern Africa. In France, the detection of the variant is “Most likely a matter of hours” recognized Sunday the Minister of Health, Olivier Véran. “As soon as it circulates in Great Britain, Italy, Belgium, it is likely that there are already cases in circulation”, on French territory, he added.

With a rather unusual reaction rate, the World Health Organization on Friday called the Omicron variant a “Worrying”, because of its apparent ability to overtake the already highly contagious Delta variant in South Africa.

Israel and Morocco are among the countries that

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