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United States Records Another Case of Omicron Variant of COVID-19

UNITED STATES – U.S. confirmed another case of the Omicron variant of COVID-19 and this time in a man with no international travel history.

Currently, countries are on the watch against a new variant of COVID-19, Omicron, which was reported to be a “heavily mutated” variant of the virus. The World Health Organization (WHO) warned countries to boost efforts to prevent the entry and the spread of the virus.

Initially called the B.1.1.529, the Omicron was first recorded in South Africa. Currently, at least 17 countries have recorded cases of the said variant of concern. The foreign travelers from most of the nations that confirmed cases of Omicron are temporarily banned by several other countries to prevent the entry of the virus.

Belgium, Switzerland, Hong Kong, and Italy are among the countries facing travel restrictions from other nations amid the threat of Omicron. The United States has also recorded cases of the said variant of concern.

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Recently, the United States recorded another case of the Omicron variant of COVID-19. Based on a report on ABS-CBN News, this time, the case is a man with no known recent international travel history.

According to the report, the first Omicron case in U.S. was identified in California while the recent case was detected in Minnesota as confirmed by the officials. The man with no recent international travel history is fully vaccinated and has also received the booster shot. He is experiencing mild symptoms.

The patient went to New York City for an anime convention last November 19-21. Upon his return to the Minneapolis area, he started experiencing symptoms, got swabbed, and tested positive for the virus. According to Minnesota Governor Tim Walz, the news is ‘concerning, but it is not a surprise”.

As for New York Mayor Bill de Blasio, with the case, the residents must assume that a community spread of the Omicron variant is happening in the city. Currently, travelers from South African nations are barred from entry to the country as decided by Washington.

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