The United States' first confirmed case of the Omicron coronavirus variant has been identified in California, director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases Dr. Anthony Fauci stated, CNN reports.
According to the official, a new variant of the coronavirus was found in a person who returned from South Africa on November 22. They passed the COVID-19 test on November 29. The infected is now in self-isolation. The people he came in contact with are not infected.
The chief US infectious disease specialist also noted that the sick man had undergone a full course of vaccination. He has mild symptoms of the disease, and now he is recovering.
It is noted that US President Joe Biden called this strain "a cause for concern, not a cause for panic."
As it was reported, the World Health Organization announced the detection of the coronavirus strain "Omicron" in 23 countries. Currently, most cases of the new strain of coronavirus have been recorded in South Africa (77) and in the UK (22).